Spaying and neutering your pet is an important and beneficial thing to do. In this blog, one of our technicians, Cheyanne, answers common questions such as: Why is spaying and neutering important? When should I spay or neuter my pet? What does a surgery day look like? How long does it take to recover from surgery?
Dogs are playful. Yes, it is possible your dog is literally chasing their tail. They might be keeping themselves entertained.
Learning about their bodies. Just like infants, puppies are becoming aware of their bodies.
Rewarded behavior. If you laugh at, or scold, your dog when they chase their tail, they take this as an opportunity get attention.
Breed specific. Believe it or not, some breeds are more prone to “whirl!” German Shepherds and Terriers are more likely to find amusement in their tails.
Medical concerns. Although it’s usually entertaining to watch your pup chasing their tail, there are times when this behavior requires medical intervention. A few concerns include:
- Fleas and/or intestinal parasites
- Impacted anal glands
- Senior dogs who have not had this type of quirk might be presenting cognitive disorders