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Dear Daisy Dog

My 1-year-old English bulldog has a sore tail pocket. Can it be treated without amputating her tail? Her medical problems are significant, and I would rather not subject her to anesthesia.

Daisy Responds

Sometimes the tail pocket, the deep fold of skin adjacent to the bulldog’s short, corkscrew tail, becomes irritated and infected.

Oral antibiotics are usually effective, along with scrupulous attention to keeping the tail pocket clean and dry.

If these methods don’t work, chances are the dog’s tail has turned inward and penetrated the skin deep in the pocket.

The result is an “ingrown” corkscrew tail, best treated by removing the tail and some of the excess skin deep in the tail pocket.

As a standard poodle, I have tolerated much teasing about the pompom on the end of my tail. After hearing about your dog’s legitimate tail problem, I shall be proud to hold my healthy tail high.

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