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    Default Ingrown / Screw Tail Anyone had this happen to their baby???

    Hi my Boston Lilly just turned one in June. Her tail was never docked but it never really grew out of the hole. She does have a tail, it is not corkscrewed but about 1/4 of an inch of tail and it is slightly bent downwards. My vet did not want to do surgery on it when she was spayed, because they have never done such thing and due to the risk of nerve damage. So I have been cleaning it once a day with Anti fungal and Anti Bactria solution and putting an ointment in the hole and under her tail. I can clean under it usually. It has changed over the months, and now is building scar tissue. So I have found another vet who does the surgery. I have a appointment next week Tuesday.

    I was just wondering if anyone has ever had this happen to their Boston and what happened if you did the surgery or are still cleaning it? Also if its not to rude to ask how much ballpark your vet charged for surgery.
    I mostly am just scarred about the possible surgery complications. Loss of Bowel function and if they have to remove the nub, it is part of the vertebrae.....

    Just any advice or knowledge would be much appreciated!!!

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    It is a spinal surgery, so there risks are high and it's not a common procedure. Specialists usually perform it in cases where it causes chronic problems for the dog. So there are not very many owners who have had this done, but it has been talked about on another forum and a couple dogs there have had it done. Good luck with the procedure and I hope the recovery is quick and painless. If you could get a pic of it before and after that could benefit others with similiar issues.

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    I can try, she is a small Boston, only 12 pounds. She was the Runt of her litter. Do any of you believe that the runts can have more health problems? Her tail is kind of there, but the whole is deeper than her tail. If I push the skin bulge that is between her tail and anus her nub will stick out but its like an 1/8 of an inch. It goes down and curves in a little, so it pushes on her anal canal. She poops fine, but now when I clean her tail/tail hole it causes her some discomfort. And it has been changing in size and direction a little, I thought her tail was still growing but the vet (who is not familiar with this Tail issue) said it is scar tissue. They did refer me to a Advanced Vet Surgery place but they (without looking at her) quoted me to just look at her it would be $130 and the surgery would be $1400 to $1600.

    Luckily I work with a wonderful person who used to be a Vet Tech and she referred me to the clinic she used to work for.
    I looked them up, 8 different vets all have specialties and its also a 24 hour Vet ER. The actual Vet talked with me on the phone. $45 dollars to check her out, and then $900 to $1200 for the surgery without looking at her. I like this new clinic its called Cottonwood Animal Clinic in Salt Lake City, Ut.

    I will try to post a picture and let you know how it goes at the vet.
    Thank you for responding!

    Lindsey

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    12lbs isn't uncommon, these pups come in a variety of sizes and a litter can have a variety of sizes in it. There's a girl on the other forum that just adopted a pup and her mom took 1 sibling and a friend took the other, they are like 4 months old and one is tiny and 2 are huge, but they were all close in size at birth. My Tank was the biggest of his litter and is now the smallest as an adult, his 2 sisters are 3+lbs more than him.
    Do you know for sure that your girl was really a runt? Many people call the smallest in the litter the runt, but that's not accurate. Even a true runt can thrive and become a very healthy adult as long as there wasn't congenital defects which you would probably be aware of before 1yr old. If your pup was just the smallest of the litter, but healthy and active then she isn't really a runt.

    The tail issue is due to the breeding of dogs who don't have tails, spinal issues are common in this breed...it's called hemivertebrae which can occur in any part of the spine, but it's what causes the 'screw' tail on BTs, Frenchies, Pugs and others...
    http://www.bostonterrierclubofameric...ivertebrae.pdf

    Sounds like your baby has a bad case and surgery is likely the only option other than caring for it daily which may not even be enough .

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    Thanks for the Info! Well she was second to last being born and her little bother passed shortly after being born. But she is definitely the smallest. Her mom is 15 pounds and her dad 18, Lilly only made it to 12. I feel the same about the surgery, I am just very nervous and would love for other people to share their experiences.......

    Lindsey

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    There aren't that many active members on this board, so not a lot of experiences here...there is another forum with more members, but you will have to search for it since it's not allowed to be linked on this forum. Just google search for boston terrier board and it will be the 1st site, it's called Woof and I know this surgery has been discussed there a couple times, so you should get more feedback. Good luck.

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    My friend's dog has a different problem. The mom of the dog bit off the tail when the dog was still a pup. Now it looks like a screw tail.
    "There is no such thing as an ugly Boston Terrier. There are some that are closer to perfection than others, that is all." - Frank Grover

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