Aside from the obvious fur, the entire premise of pet vs. owner and, that we walk on four legs whereas you all walk on two, there is another pretty glaring difference between members of (most of) the animal kingdom and you all—the tail. Imagine waking up every single day with a swinging appendage hanging from a part of your body—get your head out of the gutter—not that apendage! Now, in spite of the fact that it is firmly affixed to our rumps, and therefore should be a body part like any other, what you may not realize is that sometimes, this tail of ours can get in the way.
Last week for instance, an overexcited pup came into the PPAC to visit Dr. S. , literally swinging his tail, which just so happened to be bruised, battered and bloody. Completely unaware of the havoc he was wreaking, the pup had gotten so excited, and thumped his tail so hard, hed beaten it to a bloody pulp. Dr. Bess had a patient recently whose tail got caught in a door, fell off and was then eaten by the pooch before her owner could salvage it. Dr. Nick had a dog whose tail was broken in a similar situation. Basically, when its not being chased by the dog its attached to, tails can be all sorts of trouble for their animal owners.
Although the tail may seem like a fairly useless part of an animals physical makeup, and in fact, when it comes to certain breeds, there is a fashionable albeit somewhat controversial practice called docking wherein part of the dogs tail or ears are removed for cosmetic purposes, our tails actually help us from toppling over. They help us keep our balance which in my book makes them a pretty important body part indeed.
The dog with the bloody tail was bandaged up and sent on his way, the amputated dog was stitched up and the dog with the broken tail had it set. And so they are all on the mend, but a note of warning to all the owners out there—watch out for your poochs tail! They cant so someone needs to.
Til next time,