A beaver bit my dane's tail & now he won't quit chewing it, he even lets my other dogs chew on it. I keep taking him to the vet, but she says to keep him from chewing it. I've used an e-collar & a neck brace. I've crated him & he cut himself up, destroying the crate. I locked him in my bedroom to keep the other dogs from chewing on it & he ate throught the wall to get out. He's chewed off several inches of his tail & he stays on antibiotics for infection. This has been going on for monthes.
How horrible - especially since this is an ongoing problem that doesn't seem to be getting any better. Have you wrapped it maybe? Could you wrap it and then spray the wrap with the pepper spray or the bitter apple spray? That would keep him and the other dogs from chewing on it. If nothing else, could you dock his tail above the injury? I know when they get it docked it itches as it heals but I bet it wouldn't be as bad as having several inches of his tail itch. Good luck!
I've tried wrapping, no chew, pepper spray, & stop lick. I even tried tapping a pop bottle with holes punched in it to his tail. Every vet that I've taken him to says that amputation or docking won't solve the problem & I've taken him to every vet in a 200 mile radius.
perhaps your dog's problem is OCD= Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Does he seem to have OCD tendencies? HAve you asked a vet about treating him for anxiety and/ or OCD to try to resolve this? It seems that it is going to take more than just treating the infection he gets from chewing the tail.
The vets say it's not conpulsive. Vets have treated him for that & it didn't help. He's had cordasone shots, it didn't help. He's flea free. He won't chew it when he's with me, but I can't stay with him 24/7. He won't leave it wrapped unless I'm with him.
Is he crated when he isn't with you? That might help - if he doesn't do it when he is with you he might not do it if he is in a crate either. Or, keep him occupied when you aren't around. Keep him separated from the other dogs and give him lots of toys and stuff to keep his mind off of his tail while you aren't there. Poor guy - best of luck!
I've tried crating when not at home. He trashes the crate & cuts himself getting out of it. He eats through the wall if locked in a room. He has plenty of toys (his favorite is a big pink bunny) & chews. He doesn't like being confined. He's always had the run of the house & yard. He weighs over 200 lbs, so crate have to be ordered for him.
I was wondering if you ever found a solution to get your Great Dane to stop chewing his tail. My 4 Year old is doing this and I cant get him to stop. He has chewed his tail so bad that it caused a severe infection. Now the vet said the only way to fix it is to amputate his tail. I am desperately trying to find another way to help him. Please share any advise you have. I only have a couple more days before a decision has to made. Thank you in advance.