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.
The dog has four pairs of salivary
glands that drain into the mouth. Only the parotid gland, located below the
dog’s ear on the side of the face, can be examined from the outside. The
salivary glands secrete an alkaline fluid that lubricates the food and aids in