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