Female Rottie has swollen tail

by Susan

I have a 10 year old female rottie and just noticed today that her tail looks swollen. Any ideas what would cause this?

My poor girl has been such a lover and have spent a lot of money on all of her health issues. She has cushing’s and her back hind legs give out.

My main concern right now is her tail.

Susan – I can really only recommend that you get your girl to your vet as soon as you can. It’s possible that the swelling is due to some type of infection, or it could be inflammation – arthritic or similar, or a number of other things.

It’s impossible for anyone to say what is going on here. Only a vet can do a hands-on exam, and any tests if necessary, to get to the bottom of the problem.

I’m sorry to hear that your Rottie has had so many health issues, unfortunately every purebred dog breed has breed-specific health conditions that they’re prone to, and Rottweilers have more than their fair share.

At 10 she’s doing well for this breed, whose av. lifespan is around 9, especially given her health history. Hopefully this is something fairly minor which your vet can treat easily. There’s only one way to find out though.

I wish you both lots of luck ~ Sue

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone