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    Hi guys! I recently found this website while doing some research on food ratings specific to the English Bulldog breed. I've got two bullies myself and I'll probably never have another breed of dog.

    However, I've got a minor issue with my second bully. Her tail curls at the end it and it's pressing tight to her body. My vet (whom I trust wholeheartedly and has a bulldog himself) has recommended that when we fix her he takes a small amount off the end to prevent the development of a tail pocket/infection.

    What do you guys think? I've read the good and the bad all over the internet but nothing specific to bulldogs.

    Has anyone here had a tail trimmed or "re-docked"?

    Thoughts?

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    Default Re: Bulldog Tail Trimming?

    There's some here that have. @cali baker is one.
    I'm sure she can give you some insight.


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    We've not had to do that with Lola, who has a pretty tight corkscrew tail. But we are able to get a wipe and some witch hazel up in there to keep it clean. I would use tail amputation as a last resort. If you can keep it clean and dry and without infection, that would be your best bet. This is a major surgery, and bullies do not do well with anesthesia. The less risk the better. Twice daily tail pocket cleaning vs complications or even worse from surgery shoudl be considered. But then again, if you have no access to that space and your dog is suffering daily, weigh the options. Itchy or bullies in pain are the saddest thing I can think of. It's your dog, your call.

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    Yes, Finn had most of his corkscrew tail amputated last month. He was having recurrent tail infections, had to be placed on antibiotics and prednisone several times, and my vet suggested tail amputation when he had his last recurrence in December. Finn is doing really well now! He used to try to chase his tail, turning around in circles b/c there always seemed to be something that was irritating him, but since the surgery, he hasn't been showing any discomfort in the area (knock on wood)! It sounds like your vet is suggesting that only a portion of your bully's tail be amputated. Sometimes when only a small portion is removed, the bully can still develop infections in other parts of the tail, so I would ask your vet what he/she thought about that. You don't want your bully to have to go thru this surgery only for her to have it again sometime in the future. If she will be going in for her spay then that probably would be a good time for her to have the tail surgery too so you don't have to put her thru a separate anesthesia.




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    @Libra926 also had to have Vegas tail removed
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    Vegas had such a tiny external nub and such a deep and tight pocket. He was just a baby and always miserable. The doctor suggested closing the pocket and I agreed. I didn't know that closing the pocket meant removing all but 1/4" of the tail vertebrae. This was done when he was about 7 or 8 months old. He is now 6 1/2 years and I wouldn't have it any other way. Orion recently developed a tail pocket infection and it brought up all the misery that Vegas use to experience.

    This all happened before EBN was born....I had no one to ask, no advice to seek. If I had to do it again, I would. He has enough problems without having to deal with a tail pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libra926 View Post
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    Vegas had such a tiny external nub and such a deep and tight pocket. He was just a baby and always miserable. The doctor suggested closing the pocket and I agreed. I didn't know that closing the pocket meant removing all but 1/4" of the tail vertebrae. This was done when he was about 7 or 8 months old. He is now 6 1/2 years and I wouldn't have it any other way. Orion recently developed a tail pocket infection and it brought up all the misery that Vegas use to experience.

    This all happened before EBN was born....I had no one to ask, no advice to seek. If I had to do it again, I would. He has enough problems without having to deal with a tail pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Nichols View Post
    Hi guys! I recently found this website while doing some research on food ratings specific to the English Bulldog breed. I've got two bullies myself and I'll probably never have another breed of dog.

    However, I've got a minor issue with my second bully. Her tail curls at the end it and it's pressing tight to her body. My vet (whom I trust wholeheartedly and has a bulldog himself) has recommended that when we fix her he takes a small amount off the end to prevent the development of a tail pocket/infection.

    What do you guys think? I've read the good and the bad all over the internet but nothing specific to bulldogs.

    Has anyone here had a tail trimmed or "re-docked"?

    Thoughts?
    I have no advice I'm sorry! @RaRett had his Pups tail done as well! I can't remember which one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChanelnBrutus View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
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    Hmmm...

    I'm still not sure what to do . Im not sure if it's going to grow in worse or not, if it's going to cause pain or any issue or not but it seems as though I used to be able to get my finger in there pretty easily and now I can't. It's never moist, dirty or irritated though and she has no tail pocket... Just the curly q on her tail having grown back in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChanelnBrutus View Post
    I have no advice I'm sorry! @RaRett had his Pups tail done as well! I can't remember which one?
    Well.... Gizmo had her tail AMPUTATED -- She had a tight inverted corkscrew tail that went back into her body. This is major surgery, be sure to get a second opinion. I personally wouldnt do it if my vet suggested it 'to prevent issues' I would only do it, if her tail became an issue. Like I said, its major surgery, and with any surgery, complications can happend. Maybe your vet isnt talking as extreme as Gizmo's was, her Tail was removed, and her tail pocket was removed (Basically for lack of better description, a butt cheek lift) they pulled the skin tight to remove the tail pocket totally.

    But Gizmo had all types of tail issues, infections etc, and it was a last resort.

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