Betty's Tail is down all the time now.

by Laurie
(Pennsylvania)

I was just wondering why for the past year or two, our JRT's tail is no longer up in the air when she walks. It used to be sticking up all the time. Now it goes down. It is only about 2-3 inches long and has never had any hair on it since we got her. She also has some scarring on her hip as though she had been injured somehow before we got her. She is quite old. We don't know exactly how old because we got her from a rescue about 7 years ago. The vet thought she was over 10 at that time. We do know she has some kidney failure going on and skin allergies which have caused some hair loss in recent years. I believe she is deaf although others in the family disagree. She does lift the tail when she does her business. There doesn't seem to be any pain there. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Apr 10, 2015
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Jack Russell tail not going up NEW
by: Patty

Betty is pretty old for a Jack Russell. Sometimes when dogs age they can suffer from a little bit of depression. They don't have the same energy levels, they are not as interested in their surroundings and like your pup, they have lost some of their senses (hearing). She may not be as comfortable and happy as she once was.

It could also be the previous hip injury is cause issues with the tail. However, since their is no pain with her tail, I wouldn't worry too much about that.

I would make the most of the time you have with her. Give her treats that you know she really likes. Spend extra time petting her and enjoy your time with her. You have done a great thing by rescuing a "senior" dog at age 10, most people go for the younger ones.

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