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Well, today I was quickly going in and out of my bedroom door (not a heavy outside door, thank goodness), when I couldn't shut it because Dolly's tail was in the hinged area! She screamed and so did I (which just made things worse, of course). Well, I got on the ground and reached for her, but she thought she was in trouble and just kept crying. I was so afraid I had broken her tail. When I finally got her calmed down (believe me, I was crying too), she wriggled in my lap and took some cheese and started licking me all over.

I watched her walk, and she held her tail normally, and she is still wagging it all day. Her crying stopped pretty quickly (they are so pitiful!...I feel so guilty, as I should), and she seems totally normal.

BUT, I know that I had to have at least bruised it. She is due for shots this month...do I just wait to let the vet see it? If it IS broken, what can they do anyway? Do I need to look for signs of internal infection? I'm very worried, but it helps that she is acting JUST fine. She has never let us touch her tail much, so I can't tell by touching it, but I know it has got to hurt.

Has this happened to anyone else? I could kick myself.
 

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Awwwwwww ((((((((dolly'sgrandma))))))))) you shouldn't feel guilty. You didn't do it on purpose. Those things happen. I hate it when they do. I haven't had that happen but I have stepped on the boys feet a time or two. Like you I let out a whoop and that made it worse. I was sure I had broken their little paws but they were O.K. Unless she's showing discomfort I wouldn't think you would need to call the vet right away. Just watch her and if she starts acting funny in any way, then call. Of course, I'm no expert. :) I do know that dogs have survived much worse at their owners hands through the years out of sheer niavete. People didn't used to pamper these babies like we do now and they did just fine.
 

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Actually this happened to me with My 2 year old Pedro several days ago. He was sitting behind me and I didn't know it. I was in the desk chair (with rollers on the legs) and moved back and rolled over his tail! He screamed and made me think I did major damage to him. Of course, a few minutes later he was alright. Boy, can they scream!!! His tail seems to be alright, but you would have thought he was dying when it happened!!!
 

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I haven't actually done this yet...Sometimes when I shut doors without looking though, I think about 'what if one of the dogs was there!'. They do have pretty awful screams. Definitely makes me want to cry when I hear it! I think if she's acting okay, then I wouldn't worry about it. It may have just pinched it or something...maybe?? I think I would just keep an eye on it. Depending on your vet you may even just call them to see what they say. I know my vet's office is pretty honest with me & doesn't have me bring my dogs in unless they really think its necessary. Might help to put your mind at ease if nothing else. Give her lots of hugs for us! :)
 

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Oh poor both of you!

I would suggest just keeping an eye on her tail and watch for any swelling or discoloration. If there IS either, you will want to have your vet check it.
There really isn't much they will do for broken tails unfortunatly. You either live with it crooked if it heals properly, or you have it amputated if it gets gangrenous.
If her tail isn't crooked, it will probably be fine, just might be a little brused and tender for a while.

I hope you both heal quickly!
 

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Aw, you guys made me feel better. Dolly looked at me SO reproachfully when it happened (and no wonder), but that's why I grabbed the cheese...it fixes a lot!

Well, I did wonder how I would notice discoloration under her fur...but I bet it is bruised. She is acting completely normal, so I'll just wait for now and have my vet check it out at shots time. I might call if it seems to hurt her and see about giving her baby aspirin. Poor little thing.

It's so true...they are our babies. I felt the same way about this as when I was carrying my newborn daughter and cooing to her and ran right into the door. Ouch.

Thanks for making me feel better. :)
 

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Oooh, don't fret - it sounds like she is ok? These teensy dogs are still big toughies! But don't blame yourself. oreo fell off my lap the other day and i nearly jumped out of my skin!
 

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Don't be too hard on yourself. Accidents do happen. I've stepped on my big dog's foot and my cats' tail and paw before. She sounds fine. Just keep a close eye on her.:reindeer:
 

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I think Dolly's tail will heal faster than you will. I'm glad she is ok. When Carlos was new to me I was at my sisters & my niece was holding him, well he wiggled out of her arms and landed on his head on the cement. He cryed so hard. I use that as an excuse when he is bad.....Carlos can't help it he was droped on his head. You need a big HUG, she is fine, so you be too.
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I know my mum has done this to her cat by accident and his tail is still sore in a certain spot, she didnt think it was that bad and didnt take him to the vet for it but if u touch that spot he will turn around and try and swat u. On the other hand my kitty sprained his tail thankfully it wasnt broken last month when playing with his brother, his tail was painful and when i ran my fingers gently down his tail he hissed and i could feel a bump where it was swollen. i took him to the vet the next day and they put him on antibiotics incase of something internal and anti inflammatories to get the swelling down. His tail now feels perfectly normal and he holds it normal now too and has no reaction when i run my hands down it. I would try running your hands down the tail to see if there is a reaction, but it sounds like it might be fine, I would definatly mention it to the vet when you take her in for your check up and shots.
 

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Youch poor you poor Dolly ((hugs)) I had a pug once this same thing happened to she seemd fine then we noticed a few days later her tail was raw apparently she started chewing on it & got it all infected she ended up losing part of her tail. She was fine once it healed ;) She wasn't the smartest bulb on the tree :lol: She was super sweet though.
 

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You guys make me feel better.I have been keeping an eye on Dolly's tail and so far, she seems perfectly normal. She's never liked to have it touched (she will curl it under when I do)...but she hasn't whined or yelped, and she isn't licking it. I'm still going to have the vet check her.

It was a good lesson to learn (which I KNOW)...look around before shutting doors! Or stepping off the bed!!! They are so little...even the giant chis, like Dolly!
 

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Aw poor little Dolly. I always feel soo awful when I hurt one of the chis. You are brave to admit it! It definitely shows you care :D I'm glad she's ok. I think you would know by now if something was wrong. I know how chis tend to over react to pain. You should see Tyson in any kind of uncomfortable situation. You would think he was being murdered! Feel better guys!
 

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Awwww, Dolly's Grandma...she sounds fine to me! You know, I accidentally kicked Skippy a couple of times when she got underfoot and I didn't see her (I felt awful!), and it made her (and me, too) a lot more careful--it hasn't happened in a loooong time now. Dolly knows it was an accident, but I bet she has more "tail awareness" now! :)
 

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luvmyskippy...I like that phrase, "tail awareness"!

She is fine (I think). I wonder if years from now we'll see something in an X-ray and I'll go, "Oh......". But for now, it's all OK. Whew.
 
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