December 19, 2008
I’m thinking about having my bulldog’s tail amputated, because I think
it would be easier to keep clean and free of infection. Do you know if
this is routine, and roughly how much something like this should cost?
This is not routine although some people would make you think so
(along with palate surgery). The bulldog has an inverted or screw tail,
meaning that part of it is inside his body, which is why it is so short
and called inverted. Sometimes this causes deep folds where it
emerges and can be a challenge to keep clean.
What a lot of people do not understand is that this may seem like
a simple surgery, it can have complications and some dogs die
The tail is part of the spine which is an extremely sensitive area
in terms of surgery.
So I would not recommend tail amputation unless your bulldog has
chronic infections in the tail area or if he has part of the tail bone
emerging in a raw wound that abscesses, and the pocket is so
deep that it is not cleanable.
A far better alternative would be to keep the tail pocket clean and
dry. It is moisture (often from bathing your bulldog) that causes
the yeast and smell. If the tail is kept dry, in most cases little
cleaning is required.
Here is a good description of how to clean a tail pocket by a bulldog
You have a bulldog with a deep set, tight “cork” screw tail. It is a built in recessed chamber that is constantly damp, moist with bacteria and yeast that can cause skin irritations and infections.
I have seen plenty of these over the years with my bullies. My recommendation is to clean it daily with warm water on a soft wash cloth and mild soap; rinse (damp cloth) with warm water; then carefully dry the same area. Then get the “Gold Bond” ointment in the squeeze tube and apply a small amount using your finger. Work your finger round and round following the path of the tail until you get into the recess of the tail.
This will cause a little reaction from your bullie due to the slight stinging sensation but will dissipate within a few minutes. This procedure keeps the bacteria,yeast, and infection under control. Once you get the bullie use to this cleaning procedure they won’t fight you as much as at the beginning. After a period of time you can change your cleaning to every other day. Just stay on top of the cleaning and treatment.
It is critical to stay on top of this “screw tail” situation and if you do it is very manageable and becomes routine after a period of time.
I do not know what the surgery would cost.
If he does have an open wound or deep chronic infection that is
oozing and could compromise his general health, then surgery
should be considered.
your bulldog pal,