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Oh wise doggy people, words of wisdom needed.

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MrsDistinctlyMintyMonetarism Mon 25-Jul-11 10:04:22

I think I'm going to end up in the vets with this, but there are so many knowledgeable people on here I can't resist asking you first.

I picked up my lovely labs (nearly 9) from the quarantine kennels in Sydney on Saturday. They had been there for 30 days. sad

They were very excited (understatement) to see me and were fine on the drive back to my house here in Aus - 1000km from the kennels. It took 12 hours to get home, they slept lots on their lovely new beds and played lots on their first day here - including in the pool.

Today the dog (Jack) is just not himself. His tail has not wagged all day (not normal at all) and it is just droopy. He seems bright enough in himself, keen to eat, drinking and weeing normally, just no wagging, and he is v.sensitive of his bottom.

Could it just be the change in diet from the no doubt cheap shit food that the kennels fed him back to RMB?

Am I just jumping the gun, could it just be that he needs a few days to settle in? (The bitch (Jill) is completely fine, couldn't be more normal)

I love them so much. Hate it when they're poorly sad

hephaestus Mon 25-Jul-11 12:15:10

Cold tail?

alice15 Mon 25-Jul-11 14:54:04

I'm a vet, and I'd second the suggestion of cold tail - I see a lot of working Labs, and they often get it after a day of hard exercise in water, which it sounds as if Jack had. I usually prescribe painkillers, and they are usually much better by 48 hours down the line. As hephaestus's link says, not all vets have heard of it, but it's well known in gundog circles. I hope he feels better soon.

MotherJack Mon 25-Jul-11 16:04:12

My dog had cold tail once! Luckily my vet was aware of it, but was slightly confused as to why a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who had never swum in his life was presenting with it.

Hope you get to the bottom of it and your dog feels better soon MDMM. If it is cold tail was certainly very painful for my dog, but the painkillers and rest sorted him out quite quickly.

MrsDistinctlyMintyMonetarism Mon 25-Jul-11 21:52:13

Thank you (hugs to capacious bosom all you wonderful doggy people).

Cold Tail it is. He is already feeling much better today (timezones mean it's morning here), I'll go and get him some painkillers.

<skips merrily away, relieved beyond belief>

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