There are several possible reasons why dogs bite their tails, such as allergies and bowel problems. If a dog is continuously biting its tail, it is a often a sign of a bigger problem than an itch.Continue Reading
The most common reason dogs bite their tails is allergies. These allergies can be caused by fleas, diet and other environmental factors according to Vetinfo. The exact causes of allergies are not always identifiable, but there are many types of medication to relieve the symptoms.
Bowel problems are another frequent cause of tail biting. Impacted anal glands can cause biting tails and scooting on the floor. A groomer or veterinary technician can take care of this. Dogs may also bite their tails because constipation or diarrhea is causing bowel discomfort.Learn more about Dogs
Various reasons, such as hormonal imbalance, pesky parasites, skin problems and hormonal imbalance cause dogs to chew their tails. Calm and trained dogs who have never showed interest in their tails before may have skin-related problems, like allergies, crusts or even bleeding in that particular area if they start to chew. When the dog is biting near the base of its tail, it may signify a problem his anal glands.Full Answer >
Dogs use their tails as tools for communication and balance. Dog tails vary in size and shape depending on the breed, and different breeds have tails suited for more specific tasks.Full Answer >
Some of the breeds of dogs that have either short or no tails at all include French bulldogs, English bulldogs, French pointers, Australian shepherds and Welsh corgis. Dogs and their ancestors naturally have tails. However, over generations, humans have bred certain types of dogs to have virtually no visible tail.Full Answer >
Dogs do have bones in their tails. Dog tails are essentially the last section of the dog's spine. A dog's tail can include as many as 23 vertebrae. Shorter natural full tails can have as few as six vertebrae.Full Answer >