Help Needed! Tail Surgery- Is it worth it?

Shahster

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Hello!

My 3 year old had his consultation for tail amputation today. The doctor mentioned that there is no guarantee that it will prevent/rid of infection. That’s the whole reason why I wanted to do the surgery; I’ve tried everything, including the essential oil recipe and nothing is ridding of his infection.

Has anyone experienced tail pocket infections post surgery? Should I risk the surgery and just maintain his infection?


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I am interested in hearing from other's on this topic as well. My English bulldog is 1 1/2 and it currently going through her 2nd tail pocket infection. We clean it daily and have the animax and a holistic cream but it still gets infected. The vet recommended tail removal surgery but I am very hesitant on doing this. Does anyone else have recommendations or can share what they have used that has worked on keeping the tail pockets clean and reducing infections.
 

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Hello!

My 3 year old had his consultation for tail amputation today. The doctor mentioned that there is no guarantee that it will prevent/rid of infection. That’s the whole reason why I wanted to do the surgery; I’ve tried everything, including the essential oil recipe and nothing is ridding of his infection.

Has anyone experienced tail pocket infections post surgery? Should I risk the surgery and just maintain his infection?
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It really puzzles me the EO mixture didn’t work. A few of us on here did it n it works. And yes we maintaining the doggy tails. My holistic vet asked me for the mixture for her clients cause she saw first hand it worked n we avoided an amputation on Nyala. BUT that being said, You do have pets like humans that some bodies will fight oils, meds off. Can you refresh my memory what he’s fed?
 
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It really puzzles me the EO mixture didn’t work. A few of us on here did it n it works. And yes we maintaining the doggy tails. My holistic vet asked me for the mixture for her clients cause she saw first hand it worked n we avoided an amputation on Nyala. BUT that being said, You do have pets like humans that some bodies will fight oils, meds off. Can you refresh my memory what he’s fed?

He’s on raw.

I could try the essential oils again before I decide what to do. He was on 2 different antibiotics and different solutions to clean his tail, which still couldn’t get rid of the infection. I don’t mind cleaning it every day at all. I’ve been doing it twice a day, but it’s still so smelly and wet.


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He’s on raw.

I could try the essential oils again before I decide what to do. He was on 2 different antibiotics and different solutions to clean his tail, which still couldn’t get rid of the infection. I don’t mind cleaning it every day at all. I’ve been doing it twice a day, but it’s still so smelly and wet.
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What’s the raw ingredients? And for the mixture, is it these exact ingredients?

15 drops Lavender
15 drops Geranium
15 drops Frankincense
15 drops Basil
10 drops Arborvitae

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Now I did add Tea Tree
 
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What’s the raw ingredients? And for the mixture, is it these exact ingredients?

15 drops Lavender
15 drops Geranium
15 drops Frankincense
15 drops Basil
10 drops Arborvitae

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Now I did add Tea Tree

Yes, but instead of Arborvitae I use Cypress I believe?

For raw he eats beef, pork, duck, and fish. Different cuts of meat (cheek, neck, ground, heart).


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Monty had a partial tail amputation of his very tight screw tail and reconstruction of his deep pocket. He kept getting nasty infections and we cleaned and dried him every time he poo'd. It was the best thing we did. He did get secondary infections away from his tail area (near his anal gland) that took a long time to diagnose and cure. It turned out to be a fluke, ingrown hairs, and once they were removed, no more problems! The tail surgery was a life saver for him and us.
 
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Monty had a partial tail amputation of his very tight screw tail and reconstruction of his deep pocket. He kept getting nasty infections and we cleaned and dried him every time he poo'd. It was the best thing we did. He did get secondary infections away from his tail area (near his anal gland) that took a long time to diagnose and cure. It turned out to be a fluke, ingrown hairs, and once they were removed, no more problems! The tail surgery was a life saver for him and us.

Thank you! I feel long term it will be beneficial, but the doctor worried me when he said it might not fix the problem.

My dog’s tail pocket is cleaned 2/3x a day but the wipes/gauze never come out clean. My other option is to see a dermatologist, but my vet said that the dermatologist told him it’s usually best to get the surgery.


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Have you thought about tail docking instead of total amputation? Not sure if it would work or not. Just throwing it out there.
 

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Is your vet a bully vet? I wouldn't let any vet do surgery on my dog that wasn't. You need to have someone who knows what they are doing with Bulldogs as you don't want their spine messed up. Does your vet say he needs to amputate the whole tail? What type of tail does your dog have and does he have a deep pocket?

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This is Monty rear end. As you can see he still has his tail for the most part!
 
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Is your vet a bully vet? I wouldn't let any vet do surgery on my dog that wasn't. You need to have someone who knows what they are doing with Bulldogs as you don't want their spine messed up. Does your vet say he needs to amputate the whole tail? What type of tail does your dog have and does he have a deep pocket?

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This is Monty rear end. As you can see he still has his tail for the most part!

It’s not my vet doing the surgery, it’s at a surgery hospital, so they’re not breed specific but he’s said he has done this surgery before. My city’s humane society uses this hospital for the animals as well, so I’m not too concerned in that aspect. I’m more curious to know if anyone’s bully still has infections after surgery.

He has a screw tail and I’m not sure if his tail pocket is considered deep. I can fit my finger as far down as my first knuckle when I’m cleaning it. The doctor said he won’t be removing the whole tail.


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We had to have Lambeau tail removed because it was growing back into him... infection was bad and would only get worse.

I hope all goes well for your boy.. please keep us posted


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**update**

He had surgery today, his tail pocket was very deep, but the doctor said it went well and they’re keeping him overnight. I can’t wait to have him back home.

Thanks again everyone.


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**update**

He had surgery today, his tail pocket was very deep, but the doctor said it went well and they’re keeping him overnight. I can’t wait to have him back home.

Thanks again everyone.


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Great to hear it all went well.... prayers for a quick recovery


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Tail is an extension of the spine. We have done numerous tail removals where the patient is left with little more than a tiny nub. The former pocket area becomes fully exposed. This is a nasty looking surgery that looks much worse than it really is. Recovery is rapid but may look bad for weeks, months.
We have yet to have an infection come back after tail removal...all removals have been 100% successful.
Best of luck with recovery!
 

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