June 2, 2011 6:07 AM Subscribe
Help me devise a way to immobilize my dog's broken tail. Vet says cast is not an option.
posted by MD06 to Grab Bag (16 answers total)
My dog suffered a tailbone fracture from an attack.
X-ray shows a bone in the middle of the tail fractured into two, and the fragments are clearly not aligned properly. Tail has been limp since the injury, but can wag. Vet says we can't immobilize the tail, and therefore in most cases does not heal well, nor heal properly.
I assume the difficulty in securing the cast is probably due to the shape of the tail- thinning toward the tip. Fracture is located about 6 inches from the base of the tail and 4 inches from the tip of the tail. Hair can be shaved if needed be. Limiting excessive motion of the vertebral column would be a challenge of another kind.
Please help brainstorm ways and means to immobilize his tail to help him heal properly? Vet gave 8-10 weeks min. to heal.