Should I Amputate My Bulldog’s Tail To Keep It Clean?


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?

Thank You


Hi Nick,

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
after surgery.

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,



  1. Alex
    April 13th, 2009 | 11:40 pm


    Thank you very much for the advise. My Bullie started having the same problem with his tail socket. He is one year old and it hurts me to see him like that.


  2. kim
    August 19th, 2009 | 2:35 am

    Cleaning is very important for this condition. I have a 4 yr old bully that kept gettin worst the older he hot as the tail continues to grow. I did eventually have to get the surgery on him as it become too painful to clean and it began to effect his ability to potty. It cost me around $250.00 but he is happy as a lark now, no problems with his movements an no more infections. Do make sure that you find a professional vet familiar with English bulldogs. Not all vets are experienced with this breed and have a tendancy to over sedate them.


  3. Lori
    September 3rd, 2009 | 7:19 am

    We have a 1/2 English Bulldog, 1/2 Boxer puppy who is 9 months old. He doesn’t have a screw-tail, it’s more like a question mark, but I have to wipe his bottom whenever he poops because the base of the tail ‘snaps’ down so tightly. Someone had told me there was surgery to ‘correct’ the tail problem, but I’m thinking short of breaking his tail there’s not much they can do. I have been using baby wipes (unscented) to clean him, but have been concerned they might be too harsh. Do you recommend baby wipes as an alternative?

    Thanks! He’s a love, and we want to do what’s best for him.

  4. September 4th, 2009 | 3:51 am

    yes, I think Baby wipes are a good alternative – if they are aloe based and unscented they should not be too harsh. You could also use a little Witch Hazel on a cotton pad to wipe him. It has a drying effect so keep an eye on it.

    The tail surgery is not to be taken lightly and really should only be a method of last resort due to chronic infections.

    Boxer-Bully sounds like an adorable mix and hopefully not so many health issues.

  5. Donna
    October 15th, 2009 | 4:20 pm

    Ok, I’m new here and just adopted a 5 year old retired breeder. She is an awesome dog and has no skin issue’s at all. Before you go to any extremes of amputation of tails and such have any of you give some thought of the type of food you are feeding your dog’s? I was working at a pet shop and a woman kept coming in about all of her bullies problems with skin infection and scratching so the vet amputated his tail and prescribed all kinds of meds. Well come to find out in trying a different dog food she realized the dog had ALLERGIES from the food he was eating. So consider food allergies before anything else. It takes about 2-3 weeks or more before you see a difference in scratching but isn’t that better than putting your dog through surgery? I feed a great grain free formula that is rather expensive but it’s a great alternative to expensive vet treatments.

  6. Courtney
    January 30th, 2010 | 7:43 am

    I have a bullie who I ended up getting his tail amputated. This is a very big surgery though I had no idea until I picked him up. It is very painfull for him, requires drain tubes and 24 hour care post op. He had a very tight pocket tall to where I could not get in to clean it and caused him much discomfort, was always rubbing his butt on corners and wouldn’t let you get near the area. Originally I was quoted around 2k from a specialist as my regular vet would not perform. After much searching I found a vet about 45 min away that was very experience with bullies and performed the surgery for about $800, surpised at the $250 rate from above.
    After it all he is a happy camper and I would do it again. My bully also had the pallet surgery and cherry eyes from which you wouldn’t have thought he had surgery picking him up. The tail surgery was intense and required my full attention. Holding ide packs, making sure he wasn’t sitting on the area, medication. Something you should research thoroughly before going through with.

  7. bill Jeff
    February 28th, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    I was quoted $2500 (US) for the surgery. I see Kim paid $250. Any other prices folks can share? I am trying to gauge what this should cost.

  8. Theresa
    March 3rd, 2010 | 9:17 am

    I am trying to determine what the price would be also. Dr. Butchko, in Riverside, is a bulldog specialist but won’t quote prices-even ballpark-over the phone. My bulldog is also very spoiled and stubborn. I’m worried how hard she’s going to be after sugery, during recovery. But her tail has always been a problem and needs constant attention.

    June 9th, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    I have a 3mos old english bulldog with a tail screwed on so tight i don’t know what to do. I took him to the vet because he was red and scootng all over the floor i was in tears with his first visit to the vet for this problem. The vet wanted to
    amputate right a way stating this will be the best thing for my puppy with a price of $500.00. I don’t know what to do. The vet stated the pocket was to tight and will get worse as he grows. please give me some advice


  10. Jan
    June 9th, 2010 | 2:35 pm

    It sounds like your bulldog has a tail pocket infection. You could get your vet to treat it with antibiotics and use the cleaning method I describe above or one that he recommends. If you can keep it clean and infection free then your puppy will be fine. But if the infection returns and is chronic then it can become serious and even life threatening for him. Then the best thing to do would be to have his tail amputated. You could get a second opinion from another vet to verify the diagnosis. In any event you must get treatment for this infection before it gets worse.

  11. June 17th, 2010 | 9:54 am

    I have a 8 mo old english bulldog who also had a really tight screw tail and got infected a few times. Our vet recommended the tail amputation and he was THE bulldog specialist in our area, so we agreed to have it done. Everything went perfectly and our bully seemingly felt no pain and was back to his normal self in a day! I wrote about the story here:

  12. Jan
    June 25th, 2010 | 8:07 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience with your Bulldog’s screw tail amputation. It’s good to hear a happy outcome!

  13. Mary
    August 6th, 2010 | 12:25 am

    I have had two bulls thus far within the past 10 years and have gone through multiple surgeries for both. One surgery being tail amputation. I did not hesitate having this done for my bull because of how uncomfortable he was. He had the typical “cork screw” and was constantly growing yeast and licking the air due to the terrible itch. I have to saw he has never felt better after the surgery.

  14. August 18th, 2010 | 11:10 am

    Hi everyone, I am a first time Bulldog owner and had a question abut keeping his tail area clean. I have heard a lot about being thorough when it comes to it but my puppy (3 months old) has had a oily discharge. Im not sure if it was the food I was feeding him or the baby wipes I used to clean him. Does any one know or has anyone heard about this problem before? Im really concerned that its an infection. I contacted his vet and was told to change the food I was giving him and “NO MORE TREATS”. Any suggestions????

  15. August 29th, 2010 | 9:28 am

    Our bully is 3 months old, had a very deeply embeded cork screw tail. Cleaning was near impossible and took two of us to get it done. This was painful because he kept getting yeast infections in the folds. Our vet recommended removal of the tail, or have a life long serious problem. We went with his recommendation and had it removed. We dropped him off at 7am and picked him up at 4pm. The procedure never phased him, although we shouldn’t have,we bought him a burger king cheesburger as a treat and he devoured it. Vet said very smart decision to remove the tail,it cost about 250 dollars.

  16. Cassandra
    October 15th, 2010 | 5:16 am

    Hi, I just got my bulldog tail amputated on Tuesday and I was scared at first. The Vet called me before and asked if i really wanted to do it. Was it really bothering her that bad. I told her yes, she scoots on her backside everyday and it is really tight and hard to get up in their and clean. So she went ahead with the surgery. God am I glad I did so. It was so full of bacteria and the oder was unbearable. She is doing fine now and back to her old self. I clean hear tail every day and tried to keep it dry and it was not enough. I even took her to the Vet to have it cleaned but the fact is that so many of those tails are so tight up in their and we never know how far they go its hard to tell if we are getting it all clean. I am glad i made that decision and now my bully is happy and not worried about a itchy hurting tail/backside.

  17. Cassandra
    October 16th, 2010 | 5:12 am

    3rd day after my bully tail amputation. my dog is doing great everyone. The first day was hard but she sleep with the pain killers. she did not want to eat and when she did she threw it up. The Anesthesia will do that even to a human after surgery. Yesterday the doctor had me to make her some rice and she cleaned the bowl. I see a lot of people are second guessing on getting the surgery for their dog and i tell you when the vet came to talk to me about the procedure afterwards the tail of my dog was 3 inches growing in and it was no way I could have keep that clean because I could not reach it. most of those tails go deeper than we can reach. I paid $748 for the procedure. she also had her cherry eye removed and this included all her meds, pill pockets and sentinel.

  18. Cassandra
    October 16th, 2010 | 5:18 am

    Kemuel August 18th, 2010 | 11:10 am

    If he got a oily discharge coming from his tail area I bet its a infection. Does it have a smell to it? Is your Vet a bully expert? If not, I would find a Vet that specialize in bullies. I am not sure about the food and treats causing this problem. i know my dog eats Eukanuba. I know osme food can cause skin allergies but if it was the cause of the tail discgarging it seems like it would be causing problems in other areas as well. changing the food and not giving the dog treats is not going to open up that tight tail in order for it to get some air. I think I would get a second opinion. Good Luck !

  19. Cosmo
    October 31st, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Our dog, Cosmo has been having a very difficult time with his tail in the past 6 months (He is 5 years old). Our delema is the fact that he has a heart murmur and his litter mate died at 6 months old from Cardiomyophathy when they had him nutered. We are going to have to have an ultrasound done before we can have the surgery. I am very nervous about this and I am researching it more. He has a Cherry eye we would have removed at that time as well.

  20. Jan
    November 1st, 2010 | 3:54 am

    Having your Bulldog Cosmo’s heart checked out is a good idea.  If he had
    cardiomyopathy (a weak heart muscle) it probably would have shown up
    already as difficulty exercising and couching but the ultrasound will show if
    his valves are not working well.

    If there’s a significant risk you should try to avoid the tail surgery unless
    he has a chronic infection that could threaten his life.

    As for the Cherry Eye, it’s much better to have it tucked back in with a
    stitch than to have it removed.  It’s actually a tear gland and it’s removal
    can lead to dry eye and the loss of his eye.

  21. Cindy
    January 2nd, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    It’s been very good to find that I am not alone in my concerns for my sweet Molly’s tail pocket issue. I adopted her without much knowledge of the breed, just lots of love to give. Our first vet visit I asked about the fowl odor and my concerns for her tailpocket being hard to clean. unfortunately, all the vet could tell me was good luck and enjoy her while I could. Molly is 7 years old and a retired breeder. Due to her age,her vet has said surgery is not an option. So far antibiotics aren’t helping but I am determined to figure out a way to clear this problem up. at least now I have some alternatves to wipes and triple anibiotic ointment. Thanks so much!

  22. Jan
    January 2nd, 2011 | 7:47 am

    You might consult an orthopedic vet to get a second opinion. If she continues with this chronic infection it will definitely shorten her life. If her tail is not completely embedded and her infection is not weakening her too much and she is otherwise in good health and breathes well she may be ok with the surgery.

  23. February 3rd, 2011 | 10:01 am

    We have an 16 mo. old bully and he had a very deep, tight fitting screw tail which I couldn’t reach far enough into to keep clean because my finger wasn’t long enough and it fit so tight. He wasn’t too bad until he reached about a year old and I think as he grew and gained weight the pocket just got deeper. We’ve had him to our regular vet, and a specialty dermatology vet to treat the infection which causes a brown goo to ooze out. He’s been treated with oral antibiotics as well as antibiotics creams. I have to clean his tail daily, and started using the alcohol based hand sanitizer on cotton balls to do this trying to dry the pocket out… he actually likes to be cleaned. Sometimes I see pink on the cotton and know he’s had at least a little bleeding deep inside the pocket. The last week we could tell the tail was giving him more discomfort than usual, maybe not pain but at the least feeling very itchy. We consulted again with the vets and with his breeder and finally decided the best alternative was to amputate because nothing else was working. It’s a hard decision to make because this is major surgery. The dermotologist vet recommended one vet surgeon in Cincinnati, which was going to cost up to $3000 (she had treated another bully who’d had the same type surgery and she said they had done a good job cosmetically). But our breeder recommended we consult Dr. Mike Leis in Cincinnati, who, after meeting and talking with him, we decided to go with. He’s had experience doing these type of amputations with good results and his cost was very, very reasonable. Yesterday Sarge had the tail surgery, was neutered, and also had a little soft palate reduction done while he was under. Our total bill came to $362. We picked him up last night and this morning he seems to be doing great… eating and acting normally barring he fact that he’s taking some pain meds so is sleeping a bit more than usual. Once the surgery heals, his stitches removed, and his hair grows back, he’ll have a nice smooth little hind end with no tail pocket. We have wondered if the pressure/friction from his tight screw tail had been causing him more discomfort over the past year than we realized. Bullies are tough guys and don’t show a lot, but he’s always been so hyper and had a hard time ever settling down in one spot for more than 30 seconds. Maybe that was due to the constant irritation. We’ll see once he has had time to heal.

  24. Bill
    April 14th, 2011 | 5:53 pm

    My Vet claims to have done 30 or so tail amputations over the past 5 years,alleging excellent success. One of his assertions is that the tail is part of the spine, and that Particular part of the spine is useless and can be cut off without any ill effects to the dog. Does that sound right?

  25. Jan
    April 16th, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    He’s right in the sense that the end portion of the spine does not contain the spinal cord and can be removed. That said, there is a danger of infection and the risks of anesthesia for a Bulldog so it should only be done when necessary for the health of the dog.

  26. Jivan
    May 17th, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Hi there, my 9 month old bully Peyton is at the vet right now waiting for surgery of his inverted tail. The surgeon told me he had a lot of tail amputations done in the past years and that there’s always a risk of complications. He sounded scary and kind of negative about the chances of success of the amputation. Maybe I’m overthinking this whole thing but I would like to know how much chance you think Peyton has to make it safely…50-50 or 75-25 or at best 100-0 🙂 ? And it will cost me 2200$… Hope everything will be fine, I’ll pray for my bully tonight! Thanks for your help.

  27. Jan
    May 17th, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    Surgical removal of a Bulldog tail is fairly common and it sounds like your surgeon has a lot of experience doing this so I’d say the chances of success are very good. There is always a risk from anesthesia with a Bulldog, but this type of surgery is not typically lengthy. And if his tail pocket is severely infected there would be a risk of systemic infection. There are very good targeted antibiotics available to treat infections.

  28. Jivan
    May 18th, 2011 | 1:07 am

    Thank you, I’ll let you know about he outcome of the operation! I’m worried because Peypey’s tail is already infected and he’s been at the vet for 3 days already! My girlfriend and I miss him a lot…it’s like a baby to us! Thanks again for your advices! Wish him best of luck:)

  29. Jivan
    May 20th, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Peyton got out of surgery yesterday and he’s doing great! He needs a lot of rest but he looks happy that someone got rid of his hurting tail. He also has a brand new booty and he’s shaved from the penis to the top of his back legs, which looks a little like frankenstein for now due to the metal stitches. He looks a little bit awkward for people in the street but he’ll be as cute as he was in about 2-3 weeks. He has to take more pills than I ever had to but he’s gonna make it, he even seems to love taking those pills (he thinks they’re treats). I definitely think surgery was the best option even though it was expensive. It should be considered by bully owners if they want to make they’re dog’s life enjoyable. Thanks for all the advice, I’ll keep a close eye on your website for the years to come. And don’t forget: “Anyone Who’s Ever Owned a Bulldog Knows What It Means to Love!” 🙂

  30. Jan
    May 22nd, 2011 | 7:41 am

    Great News! Glad to hear Peyton is doing well.

  31. Don
    August 4th, 2011 | 9:20 am

    I recently adopted a 3 yr old Bully from a family that had no idea how to care for a bully. We have been working really hard to clear up all his infections. Both ears were so bad they were almost swollen shut, now the doc can get the otoscope in there to look around. All 4 of his paws were infected and his nails were about an inch long. His feet look amazing now and he is getting used to going on walks since they never took him on any. A few weeks after we got him we noticed a lot of but rubbing and a foul odor from his butt. We found that his tail is about 4 inches longer than what we could see. It comes down to about is anus and then curls in and grows back up a few inches then curls back towards the outside around the rest of the tail and ends pointing back towards his head. All of this is in a deep pocket and where the end of the tail rubs on his skin it has created an ulcerated spot that bleeds often. We have the infection under control now but it takes daily cleaning and if often bloody which I’m sure in not fun for him. When we got him he was about 75 lbs and on a bad food. Now with regular walks and good food he is down to 68 lbs. With his weight coming down were were able to pull some of the skin back from around his tail and see all that was going on in there. My vet and I have decided that removing the part of the tail that is inside his pocket is the best thing for him to prevent constant infection and discomfort. I just scheduled his surgery for 08/12/11, she quoted me between $200-$300 for the surgery and that he will have to be there all day but should come home that night. I hope this is the right choice, my breeder is against me doing it due to the possibility of complications and paralysis. Reading all of these success stories makes me feel much better about my choice (and the cost). We also have a 1.5 year old bully we got from the breeder as a pup. I will post back once the surgery is done and let you all know how it went.

  32. D-Vo
    August 12th, 2011 | 7:57 am

    Not knowing the severity of our english bulldog’s corkscrew tail, we always made sure to wipe after he went to the bathroom, but never investigated the tail. We just thought the part you could see was the end of it. About a week ago, we started to notice that D-Vo had a light brown, foul smelling drainage leaking from his rear end. We took him to the vet Tuesday and found out that his tail corkscrewed much farther than we thought and he had developed an abscess that was so bad, it was unlikely that it would heal with the tail intact. So at the recommendation of our vet, we took him back the next morning for the tail amputation. The vet said the procedure was even more extensive than he expected. We took him home the same day and administered all of the pain medication as directed, but D-Vo still whimpered the whole night. Yesterday, he was feeling much better and was even able to jump into the car, but last night he developed incontinence of his stool. The vet said that it could be that he just doesn’t want to pucker because of the pain and inflammation, but it could also have been nerve damage to the sphincter. We are praying that it is just a temporary side effect from the surgery, but has anyone heard of or experienced long term complications like this?

    As you all know, bulldogs are just 100% character and personality. I would do anything in the best interest of my dog above myself. The only reason we had this surgery was because the abscess was severe and could cause more chronic damage. I would not recommend it for cosmetic reasons or convenience. It is incredibly painful. Since it’s a hot topic, the vet quoted $600-900 and it ended up costing closer to $900 since it was more extensive. That included all the pain meds.

    By the way, if your pet is going to be prescribed antibiotics, you should do some research and find out if you can get them less expensive from a pharmacy. Here in Michigan, Meijer offers several FREE generic antibiotics and many pharmacies match competitor prices–yes, even for dogs. A common broad coverage antibiotic that vets prescribe is Cephalexin, which is on the list. Ask your vet to write out a prescription.

  33. Don
    August 17th, 2011 | 9:27 am

    As an update to my previous post. We took Bugsy in last Friday and our vet, upon closer inspection, said that the surgery would be more involved and would cost more like 500-600 instead of the 200-300 she quoted. She also said that she didn’t feel comfortable doing it since they would have to remove more of the tail than she thought. She referred me to Kalamazoo Animal Hospital, Dr. Boswell, who is a board certified surgeon. She said she would do it for 700-800. I took Bugsy in today and she just called to say everything went very well with no complications so far. They are keeping him overnight for observation. Only time will tell if there was any nerve damage from this. He will be so much happier having it removed instead of rubbing on his skin causing it to bleed all the time.

  34. Don
    August 20th, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Bugsy came home and is doing great. He is a little sore but is pretty much back to his old self again today. His tail was amputated on Wednesday with no complications. The total came to just shy of $800. Thank you all for the all of this information.

  35. Jan
    August 20th, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    That’s great news. Bugsy’s tail amputation sounded more complex than most. He’ll be a much happier and healthier Bulldog!

  36. September 18th, 2011 | 4:29 pm

    Got a 3 year old bulldogg, (rampage jackson) with the same tail infection everyone has wrote about above, doing the same as far as cleaning everyday, but it keeps coming back, it’s not as bad as some of these sound but he is licking the air, and dose not like me touching it, and the smell is unbelievable. Anyone know a bulldog vet in Utah? My vet is starting at $1,000.00 and only going up on the amputation..??

  37. Alisha
    September 23rd, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    Hello all 🙂
    I know this site is for English Bulldogs, but my Frenchie has similar issues and there seems to be a lot more discussion about this for English babies than Frenchies. So forgive my intrusion, but I would like to hear your take on it since they are all bullies 🙂 I adopted my little girl from FBR at the age of three. She actually has no tail what so ever and I was told this was not due to surgery, she was just born that way. She came from a bad breeder situation and they just dropped her off at the rescue. Apparently this breeder has done this more than once with Frenchies that needed pallette surgery. Anyway, I am pretty sure I her entire 3 1/2 years of life no one has ever addressed her tail pocket until me. I am diligent about her cleanliness, cleaning out her deep facial folds everyday etc. But after trying to do the same with her tail pocket, I am a little bit at a loss. When I first began the process of addressing her pocket, I am not exagerating when I say I pulled out about 1/8 cup of hair and debris. There was a lot of dark brown sludge that had the consistency of super thick wood filler attached with the hair that came out, but surprisingly no infection. That is not to say it wasn’t irritated and irritating her, but no infection. I tried to be very gentle and thought that by the end of the first week I had removed everything. Needless to say I was very surprised to discover an additional layer of hair and gunk that was probably 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick at the very base of the pocket that was so tightly compacted down, that originally I thought it was the bottom of her pocket. So second week I got all of it removed. As you can imagine the inside of her pocket was very raw after the removal of everything. After a few tries I found that neosporin followed by a talc free cornstarch based powder has been the best treatment. Having said that, this is my concern. Eve though I clean it out everyday and then follow it with the above treatment I continue to get some of the dark brown guck and the process is very painful as her tail pocket is so very deep for such a little girl (only 16 pounds) Although she is very good about letting me take care of it, there are days when she shakes because it hurts. If I know that it is hurting due to rawness, I will just put ointment on It and not try to get in deep as to give her a break. The severe rawness from the initial removal gas healed

  38. Casandra
    October 10th, 2011 | 8:24 am

    I am curious about this tail infection/tail amputation remedy. I recently took ownership of a one year old English Bulldog weighing a healthy 54lbs. We noticed one day his tail was bleeding. We took him instantly to the Vet to find out it was a tail infection, and probably due to the last owner not cleaning it. After our consultation, we now clean it every day or two and put some anti-fungal ointment. His smell has went away, and it doesn’t seem to phase him at all. The Vet recommended during our initial visit to consider tail amputation to avoid more tail pocket infections down the road. Now, after reading some cases…I do not think our bullie has any severe issues with his. To me this is a cosmetic issue, and in our case can be remedied by cleaning and some anti-fungal cream. Do we have to have the amputation surgery? Or is that worse case scenarios!?

  39. Sarah
    November 14th, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    I am so glad I found this feed. We recently adopted our 11 mo bully and thought the bad smell and liquid was his anal glands. I started cleaning his tail recently because I didn’t realize how deep it went, and now I am getting liquid and blood out from the tail pocket. I showed it to the vet, but he dismissed it as not a problem. I am going to try monostat and cleaning it everyday with alcohol on q-tips. Reading all the other entries is making me worried that this will get worse. Thank you so much for all the info!

  40. Kelly Pyle
    November 21st, 2011 | 9:37 am

    We have a 4 yr old bulldob who has been having severe issues with his tail pocket for atleast the last 1 1/2. I clean it everyday and have been to the vet numerous times for antibiotics. They have not recommended surgery but they also have not helped the problem. I just keep having to go back and pay tons of fees for more creams and meds that don’t work. We did get him allergy tested as his digestion was not very good. We have changed his food and he is having normal stools but it did not help his skin, ear or tail issues.

    He has the worst odor out of his tail pocket and brown liquid. I have used alcohol, peroxide, neosporin, gold bond, baby wipes, desitan and all solutions from the vet.

    Anyone have a cleaning routine that is working for them?

  41. Jan
    November 21st, 2011 | 9:55 am

    The tail issue is not easily fixed with diet although diet is important for overall health. He clearly has a chronic infection in his tail pocket and it may be a case where the interior tail bone is rubbing through the skin or an very deep tail pocket. I’d suggest you get a second opinion from another vet who’s familiar with Bulldog tail issues, preferably an orthopedic specialist vet.

  42. Lindsey
    November 30th, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    It’s so good to hear others stories about their bullies tails. Has anyone experience this?

    I brought my 6month old bulldog to the vet a couple of days ago thinking it was his anal sacs, only to find out it was an infection under his tail. The vet put him on meds (anti-inflammatory and pain meds) and I have been cleaning him and putting Vaseline under his tail several times a day. Since this is his first infection and I admit I have not been as aware about keeping him dry as I should be, the vet wants to wait until he is full grown and then assess the surgery as needed… she is aware of the complications and wants to use it as a last resort.

    What I have been noticing is when he goes #2 it takes him a while… he would stand there in position for 10min if I would let him even though nothing more comes out! Near the end of each stool it is bright red with blood. It doesn’t seem like the blood is mixed in with the stool. After he goes #2 a drop of blood often falls onto the floor or is under his tail… it is bright red pure blood, not a blood mixed with the stool.

    Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts. One more day and I’ll take him back to his vet, but the itching and redness seems to have cleared up well.

  43. Jan
    December 2nd, 2011 | 8:42 pm

    I agree with your vet that tail surgery should not be performed except as a last resort. Keep the skin under the tail clean and dry as moisture can cause infection. You can use Witch Hazel on a cotton pad to wipe it clean then put Bacitraicin instead of vaseline to reduce infection.

    Either you or your vet need to find the source of the blood as where it is coming from will mean different things. Bright red blood is fresh blood. If it is coming from his bowels it may be colitis. If it’s from his tail area it could be irritated by his straining to poop. It could also be caused by colitis, an irritated colon. When you know the source you can treat it appropriately.

    The inability to potty could be constipation. Perhaps he needs a food with more roughage or you can add canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie mix which is loaded with sugar). Be sure he is getting enough water. You can add some water to his kibble.

  44. Gail
    February 5th, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    I have a 1 & 1/2 y/o female bullie, named Daisy. She also has an inverted tail. I clean it about once a week but I know it’s not enough. She sits on her rump and rotates her head in circles to itch her tail. It’s funny to see! When I clean her tail area inside, a dark brown sticky, smelly, residue comes out on the wipe. Little pieces of scabs and hair also comes out that is falling off the tail. I use pet wipes from the pet store but doesn’t seem to be enough. My vet said that he could close it up. Not sure if he meant amputation and closing! I will try the cleaning method that Jan recommended and let you all know how it went, in about a week. Thanks for all the helpful information!

  45. Gail
    February 5th, 2012 | 8:17 pm

    P.S. Sorry about the gross description of Daisy’s tail cleaning. lol

  46. Jennifer
    February 15th, 2012 | 8:13 pm


    I have a one year old English bulldog with a corkscrew tail and I really appreciate your advice on this. I was wondering about an ointment we could use and I’ll have to go get some Gold Bond. Can this also be used on their face wrinkles to try and deflect some of the moisture from their tearing? We clean our bullies wrinkles several times a day and he still seems to get so red and irritated. I hate to think he might me in pain from it. Any information would be much appreciated! Thanks 🙂 Jen

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