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.
These two conditions have a common cause and thus often occur together. In fact, sore throats usually do not occur in dogs as isolated infections, the way they do in people. Most sore throats are associated with infections in the mouth, sinuses, or respiratory tract. They can also occur with systemic diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, herpesvirus, and pseudorabies. Dogs with an anal gland infection may also have a sore throat from spreading the infection while licking at their glands.