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Bulldogs And Their Tail Pockets

As a new English Bulldog owner, I will admit to being pretty ignorant about the specific joys and problems associated with this breed. I knew they can have breathing problems, skin allergies, and not much tolerance for heat. I can now add knowledge about tightly curled tails and tail pocket issues. In some Bulldogs, the tail is curled inward, very tightly like a corkscrew. Outwardly, it looks like the dog never had a tail. When a dog has this type of tail, a pocket forms into the body to make a place for that tail. Unfortunately for my Zelda, this is the type of tail she had. The problem with these tail pockets is a constant battle with keeping that pocket clean and battling ongoing infections and even a nasty smell. Constant cleaning and continuing rounds of antibiotics get very old in a short time. So the best course of action, in my opinion, is to have surgery to remove that tightly curled tail and excess skin, and stitch the pocket closed.

Zelda had her surgery yesterday and she’s doing very well. My vet takes a picture of the animal after surgery and uses it as an “award” paper to tell the owner about the day and that their pet was very brave. So here is Zelda’s lovely photo from her award:

 

I Just Woke Up!

I Just Woke Up!

She doesn’t look very happy to have that camera pointed at her! However, she did very well and is healing up nicely. Here’s a picture from this morning of her stitches so you can see that it looks very minor compared to all the work that was done to remove the tail and the pocket:

 

After Surgery

After Surgery

 

Of course, for her recovery she’s supposed to rest and stay quiet. Ha!