I haven’t blogged in a while…. I went on vacation, and then my laptop just decided to not work anymore… so I had to wait until tech support (dad) could fix it….
But it’s fixed! (for now…)
So what’s been going on in your life, Anna?
Well! I went on the yearly big family vacation to China, Maine, and it was super duper fun. Might do a post on it…probs will. So I won’t say much more on it here.
When we got home from Maine, Stella was soooooooo sick and had two vet trips in two days. Ugh. But she got lots of drugs and after a week was feeling much better. I won’t go into details about the sicked because it was MESSY and pretty gross. But I will say that at one point when I thought I had cleaned it all…. I stepped in a hidden gift.
The next Sunday, my family/friends decided to go paddle boarding on the ocean. We obvi brought Stella, and she did a bit of frantic swimming. “Frantic” becasue she really doesn’t swim by choice, and only swam because she was trying to come save us paddle boarders. Poor little puppy! It was a stressful couple of hours for her
Turns out she swam a bit too hard and injured her tail.
I thought she was like dying. She was moving so slowing the day after we were at the ocean. She looked so sad, and she was never comfortable. She would just slowly get up to find a new place to lay down every few minutes. I can’t even explain how sad she looked.
Her tail was straight down all the time, and she wouldn’t sit down. I had no idea what was going on, especially when she just seemed to be getting worse as the day went on. I didn’t know if she was sick, or hurt. So back we went to the vet, and it turns out it was swimmers tail. Yes folks, that’s a thing. I was just as flabbergasted as you.
Swimmers tail: a.k.a. Limber tail syndrome, cold water tail, broken tail, dead tail, broken wag, sprung tail.
I just love all of those names! lolz
Apparently it is very common in dogs when they swim in the ocean. They end up over working their tail trying to keep steady with all of the waves and currents in the ocean.
Very painful, and boy could you tell… the poor pup. I’ve never seen her look so sad.
But the vet gave her two different pain killers and she started feeling much better. They made her soooooo groggy, but that just meant she could sleep easier. (and made her super silly and even more cute… if that’s even possible)
The poor little pup was in so much pain though that she didn’t even pee until like 3:00pm that first day. 😦 It hurt to squat down. Poor lil Stella!!!
Her tail has been looking better everyday, though a week and a half later it’s not 100%. You can see it’s still a lil swollen, she nibbles at it a lot, and she’s not a fan of anyone touching it. But it curls and wags a bit more everyday!
So dog owners beware! It could happen to your lil pups! Stella wasn’t even in the water for very long!
Is a dog with a broken tail even a dog at all?