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Grace has a bald patch on her tail about 3 inches long but only on the side away from her body. The vet, who is experienced with greyhounds as she used to work as a vet at the greyhound tracks, said it is probably where she has been rubbing against something as the hairs are broken and have not dropped out, but she is not crated and sleeps either on her bed or the sofa. (I'll let you guess where she spends most of her time)

My question is, although it's purely a cosmetic condition like her bald butt, and it doesn't bother her or me, can anything be rubbed in to her tail to stop the hairs being broken?


Grace (Ardera Coleen) born 18 June 2014
Raced at Monmore Green, Wolverhampton UK - 68 Races, 9 wins, 5 second places
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The everyday name for the problem is "stud tail" and it's not exclusive to greyhounds...or even to dogs. You can see more info, including treatment advice, here: https://wagwalking.com/condition/stud-tail


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I was thinking of stud tail too. But do females get it as well?  I've only had a few males have it but didn't treat it since it wasn't bothering them.


 

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My 11-year-old girl has it. My boy doesn't.


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Sheba's had a bald spot on the upper part of her tail ever since I adopted her in 2010. She'll be 12 next week. It's just there and it doesn't bother her. I never worried about it.

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Sone of my girl dogs have stud tail. 


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I've only had girls who have the visible bald patch.  None of my boys have had it.


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13 hours ago, KF_in_Georgia said:

The everyday name for the problem is "stud tail" and it's not exclusive to greyhounds...or even to dogs. You can see more info, including treatment advice, here: https://wagwalking.com/condition/stud-tail

Yes I wondered if it was stud tail but there isn't any waxy/oily secretions or any other symptoms apart from the bald patch and the hairs are broken off not dropped out. I wonder if it's caused by her sitting as the area affected is where her tail bends sharply as it makes contact with the floor so it is the hairs are hitting the floor end on and breaking.

If that is the case I think I'll try applying aloe vera to soften the hairs so they bend instead of breaking.


Grace (Ardera Coleen) born 18 June 2014
Raced at Monmore Green, Wolverhampton UK - 68 Races, 9 wins, 5 second places
Gotcha Day 10 June 2018 

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