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.
Treating a heartworm infestation is
difficult and dangerous. It is far easier and more effective to prevent the
problem in the first place. In theory, the best way to prevent heartworms is to
keep your dog from being bitten by a
mosquito. Unfortunately, preventing mosquito bites can never be 100 percent
effective. Dogs can be reasonably protected if they remain indoors in the late
afternoon and evening, when mosquitoes are feeding.
Areas of most frequent heartworm infestation are along coastal...