Why Does Your Dog Chase Its Tail?


Does your dog love to chase his tail?  Here are a few of the most common reasons why!

Why Dogs Chase Their Tails:

  • They Have High Energy – Your pet might just have some excess energy.  Tail chasing is a way to expend this energy in a playful way.
  • Playfulness – Dogs who chase their tails often love the sensation.  It’s a happy way to play.
  • Certain Health Problems – Some dogs with anal gland problems, flea allergic dermatitis and other medical issues have been known to chase their tails.
  • Habit – For some dogs, tail chasing could be a matter of habit.  With practice, you may be able to substitute tail chasing with playing with a chew toy or other behavior.
Check out this article or this article for more information on why your dog may be chasing their tail.  If you do find that the behavior becomes obsessive and could be indicative of a health problem, contact our office.  Our experienced veterinarians can help determine the reason behind your dog’s tail chasing.

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