Can dogs get tail ache from too much wagging?

Dogs wag their tails to communicate, but too much tail wagging can end in a trip to the vets.

Enthusiastic tail-waggers can end up with something vets call ‘happy tail syndrome’. This occurs when dogs bash their tails as they wag them, causing scrapes, bruises and bleeding.

This is more common in bigger dogs because they can wag their tails with more force. If the injuries don’t have time to heal, it can cause the end of the tail to bleed.

The best treatment for happy tails is shortening. Vets remove the tip of the tail so that the dog can wag the rest without getting hurt. After all, there’s nothing you can do to stop a happy dog from wagging!