Tail is curving downward

by Robin
(Forest, Ontario, Canada)

Last night our 15 yr. old Blue Heeler went out for a pee and never came back. Today, our 12 yr. old Jack Russell is, naturally, out of sorts, but he has completely stopped wagging his tail. He will play with us and run around but has not wagged his tail once today. All it takes, usually, is looking at him and it's going 20 mph. Also, his tail is curving down, sort of "hooked' looking, if that makes any sense. His tail is stiff, not limp. Is this maybe a sign of depression, and temporary? He has never been separated from Maggie. I tried googling the issue and nothing came up. Has anyone ever seen this?

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Jan 09, 2012
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by: Robin

You won't believe this but on Wednesday, Jan. 4/12, a hunter called our house and said that he thinks he found our dog. It was laying on the bank of a crick, not moving. Sure enough, he brought the dog to our house and there was our Maggie! She couldn't hardly walk, and had lost a lot of her sight. She also was skin and bone. Her eyes were bulging out. We took her straight to the vet who looked her over and said she thought she would be ok. Probably not exactly like she was, but okay. She survived a month out in the wild with -10 to -15 degree nights, and scrounged for food, and survived at the grand old age of 14 (15 0n Jan. 14). Our jack was so happy, But his tail is still dead. It hasn't moved a bit since Dec. 10/11. Maggie has a long recovery ahead of her, but she is coming along beautifully. Thank you for your input. We are still baffled by R.J.'s tail though.

Jan 08, 2012
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Curled tail
by: Anonymous

My little Jack curls his tail under his body when he is upset. I think this is common for them to do when upset or depressed. Sorry to hear about your other dog.

Dec 14, 2011
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by: Robin

Thank you for your comment. I am not surprised by the depression, but I never thought I'd see the day that his tail stopped wagging. We've been playing with him, and we even put his bed in front of the woodstove, but when we asked him last night if he wanted to go for a ride in the truck, he did all the usual antics but did not wag his tail. I think that he couldn't wag it, even if he wanted to, now.

Dec 14, 2011
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Jack Russell depressed
by: Felix

So sorry to hear about your Blue Heeler! Yes, it's not uncommon for dogs to feel depressed and mourn a loss of a companion just like humans do. This happened to my Jack after we lost our other Jack. Reall, the best thing to do is give your Jack some extra love and attention. Also distract him with fun games you know he likes (for example, chasing a ball, a kong with peanut butter, long walks to favorite parks, etc). Give him so time to mourn. If you don't see any improvement after a few weeks then I would speak to your vet.

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