Pug tails problems can usually be identified by symptoms and the pet’s body language. As a pet owner, it is important to know how different conditions come about and how they can be treated.
Sometimes an accident may cause hair loss, scrapes, and bleeding. This can happen with pugs, for instance, whose tails or behind are mangled in a car engine. Abrasion may lead to the development of sores and infection and besides that the risk of infection is heightened.
The pug usually experiences the need to bite the itchy area or rub against a rough surface, and this causes it to be restless and stubborn at times. The problem is that some sores may be hidden under the curl, therefore, becoming difficult to spot. If left unattended to, minor abrasions may become a breeding ground for bacteria causing excessive irritation and inflammation.
Screw tail occurs due to malformation of one of several vertebrae in the tail. Other names of this condition include ingrown tail, tail fold dermatitis, corkscrew tail and tail fold intertrigo.
In most cases, screw tails lead to a painful and infected skin fold. The tail can partially obstruct the anal passage, in which case feces enhance the resulting infection. The fold may become more itchy and painful with time and in most cases the smell can be quite terrible – that it is sometimes quite difficult to breathe near the poor pug.
Ironically, while basic cleaning of the affected tail fold may help treat the bacterial infection, it can also worsen things. The reason is that bacteria thrive in the dark, moist and warm environment and, therefore, any liquid that is applied during cleaning may just end up creating a vicious cycle with no end in sight. Sometimes surgery may be required to fix this problem.
Spinal Problems (e.g. Herniated Disc)
Any forceful jumping and landing (or any other sort of physical movement) can cause one or more spinal discs to move out of their usual space. Another possibility is spinal disc hernia, in which case the discs become hardened and fibrous over a long period and eventually bulge out compressing the spinal cord. This may cause abnormal pain, and sometimes paralysis may occur.
Pugs with this kind of problem may lose the curl of their tail, and the tail may even go straight down. Other related symptoms of a herniated disc include unwillingness to jump; anxious behavior, hunched back and loss of bowel and bladder control.
In the case of such pug tail problems, an examination by the vet will include a neurologic exam which can help identify where the injured or misplace disc is located. Besides plain X-rays, procedures such as myelogram, MRI, and CT scan can be used to identify and correct the problem.
Fractured (Broken) Tail
Heavy footing, roughhouse play, and slamming doors can all lead to a myriad of problems with dogs such as injuries to the tail. If the pug’s tail is broken, it will usually (but not always) droop right at the point of the break. Some signs of swelling may be seen and the area may be painful and highly sensitive to the touch. Your pug may yelp or whine if you try to maneuver its tail in any way, and you may spot other related symptoms as well.
A fractured tail can hinder coordination. It is important for such a problem to be tended to immediately so that the bones can regrow and reposition. In the case of delays, though, the problem may get out of hand and necessitate partial or full amputation.
Everything gets caught on the pugs’ curly tail. From fleas, mites and ticks to the smallest of all creatures – bacteria. Some pugs with recessed vulvas often suffer from vulvar tail fold dermatitis with urinary tract infection (UTI) as a common sequel as a result of ascending bacterial infections.
Usually, infections cause minor swellings, itchiness and reddening of the skin and may cause the pug to move round in circles as it tries to bite the tongue. It is imperative that such incidences are spotted and dealt with as quickly as possible to avoid opportunistic complications. For instance, bacteria can make an already injured tail worse.
The tail is the most important part of a pug. If it is well maintained and healthy, the pug will be happy, satisfied and playful. However, if it is neglected and infected, the pet will be irritable, uncomfortable and generally weak. It is important for pug tail problems to be identified and treated early enough.