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Meet Dolly: Our Brave Family Dog

Dolly is a happy, lovely family dog who had a little trouble with her tail—though not the kind she could chase! Our Vet Cristina welcomed Dolly when she came for a consultation and found that a Corkscrew Tail was the issue.

Understanding Corkscrew Tail

In this condition, the tail takes on an abnormal shape and curvature. Affected dogs typically have a deep skin fold surrounding a tightly-curled, malformed tail. This deep skin fold is predisposed to developing skin infections, which can become severe and negatively impact the dog’s quality of life.

Initial Treatment and the Tough Decision

Dolly was prescribed a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication, but the final solution was surgery. Dolly’s owners faced the difficult decision of having her tail deeply amputated, which would leave her without a tail. And don’t we all love a waggy bum/tail? This surgery is more complex than a standard tail amputation and can have some complications, including incontinence.

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The Surgery and Dolly’s Recovery

After careful consideration, Dolly’s owners gave us the go-ahead, and Dolly was scheduled for surgery. A team of two vets and two nurses attended to Dolly, and the operation was a success! Dolly was a trooper throughout and never lost her spirit. As the days passed and her wound healed, we could see that her face was more relaxed—a sign that she was no longer in pain. According to her owners, “her personality is coming through and she is much more playful.”

The Happy Outcome

Isn’t that amazing? Sometimes we only understand how things can affect our pets once the issue is resolved and then we see how their quality of life improves.

Join us in showing some love to Dolly 💕.

Concerned about your pet?

We encourage you to reach out if you are a pet owner or a veterinary member concerned about Corkscrew tail or another condition. We will try to help as much as possible, and we are happy to provide advice on various conditions that may require specialist surgeries.

Call the practice on 01406 835 835 or visit our referrals page

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