Tail Chewing

by Pat
(Saratoga Springs, NY)

How can we stop our daschund from chewing her tail. We have tried putting "YUK" on it. We made a wrap type of thing and wrapped that portion of her tail, but she ate it off and threw it up. Not good. It looks so sore. We have also put a collar around her head, but she can still get at it and she is so little and it was heavy for her. HELP

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Jan 02, 2009
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Tried It All
by: Anonymous

Thank you for all your suggestions, but we have tried all of them. Our vet is also in the dark. We also have another daschund 2 years older who, we believe, intimidates the younger one. We have given her anti-anxiety medication, but could not see any difference. They play very well together, but when we introduce a new chew bone, or toy, the older one wants both and it's almost like the younger one wants nothing to do with the new toy intil the older one allows her to. We have never seen the older dog actually hurt the younger one.

Thanks again for your suggestions.

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Causes and Treatments for Tail Chewing
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By: Donna - dog-beds-n-beyond

Tail chewing can be caused for several reasons and you need to know what is causing it to be able to treat the problem effectively.

The first thing you should do is have your Daschund checked by a vet for allergies and skin disease. Dogs can sometimes get hot spots. Once that can be eliminated, check your dogs anal sac, the vet can also take a look at this while you are there. The sac contains a natural secretion and is what dogs use to mark their territory. If it is not emptying you should notice an unpleasant odor. Another indication of this is if your dog is dragging his rear end across the floor. The anal sac can sometimes become infected as well.

The other issue could be anxiety. Be sure your dog is getting enough activity and stimulation. Boredom can cause this type of behavior. Consider consulting a veterinary behaviorist if you feel this is the problem and be open to the idea of anti-anxiety medication - this is a good one for the problem your dog is exhibiting - Comfort Zone For Dogs

I hope this has been helpful.


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