This condition has been seen in Labrador Retrievers, Pointers, Setters,
Foxhounds, and Beagles. The dogs will hold their tails
totally limp or out away from their body three to four inches, then hanging
limply. Most often this occurs after a strenuous day of hunting or
swimming-especially if the water is cold.
Dogs may act as if the tail is painful. It appears to be a sprain or strain
of the tail muscles and nerves after working much harder than usual.
mange is a highly contagious skin disease that affects young
puppies. It is caused by large reddish mites that infest kennels and
pet shops. These mites live on the surface of the skin and die within 10 days
when off their host. Cheyletiella mange is becoming less prevalent because of
the widespread use of flea-control preparations that also kill cheyletiella
mites. Also, the mite tends to live in straw and animal bedding, which is not
used as frequently as it once was.