View Full Version : Do tails feel pain!?

6th June 2007, 12:41 PM
:yikes :eek: I just rolled over Dylan's tail with my computer desk chair while I was sitting on it and he didn't even yelp. Don't they have much feeling in their tails? I feel awful I did that. I made a bed for him under the desk as he likes to sleep behind my chair with his head propped on a wheel which of course I can't let him do! I'm going to have to ban him from the study.

6th June 2007, 01:13 PM
In answer to your question, yes, tails do feel pain, they can also get broken too, they have vertibrae all the way down to the tip. The tail is an extension of the spine. Hope this helps.


6th June 2007, 01:16 PM
I felt very carfully down the tail, it isn't sore and it feels intact. Just wondering why he didnt yelp icon_nwunsure

Scouty girl
6th June 2007, 01:19 PM
It happened so fast that Dylan didn't even realize it!!!

6th June 2007, 01:21 PM
It happen in slow motion to me and though I know it was quick, I'm kicking myself I didn't jump up to lessen the weight :mad: :eek:

Barbara Nixon
6th June 2007, 01:23 PM
My first springer had been badly docked (a vertebra too short) and never liked the end of her tail touched. I don't agree with docking, but, in those days, most springers were done soon after birth.

6th June 2007, 01:51 PM
Hey Pauline, is it possible you just ran over the hair part of his tail? My Sonny has about 5" of really bush hair that extends well past his tail. As others have already said, yes the tail is subject to pain just the same as any other bodily part.

I don't agree with docking, but, in those days, most springers were done soon after birth.

I feel the same way. Thankfully it is now illegal in Australia, but up until only a few years ago many breeds here were docked & you could not even show them if they weren't. Ear cropping has never been legal here.

Barbara Nixon
6th June 2007, 02:05 PM
This reminds me of being at obedience classes with Izzy and Joly. On several occasions I said 'Away' and the normally obedient dogs did not budge. In each case, I my foot was on some of their tail feathering. They aren't daft.

Cathy T
6th June 2007, 03:44 PM
That's funny Barbara! Jake is such a sensitive boy. If you step on his tail feathers he'll squawk at you, just a little warning.

6th June 2007, 05:53 PM
A door shut on Holly's tail- or at least, I think it did!- when she was about four months and you should have heard the yells. I was all set for taking her to the vet but half an hour later she was playing happily and even wagging her tail, if cautiously. Maybe the door only caught the very tip...

6th June 2007, 09:09 PM
I heard myself go over it so it wasn't just hair. But he seems fine :o