Dogs Do have Feeling in their Tails

Dog Tail

Yes, dogs can feel their tails because there are nerves and pain receptors along the tail. This is why dogs can wince and cry out in pain if you accidentally step on their tails. The tail is an important part of the dog’s body as it is part of their central nervous system according to the MSD Vet Manual.

The tail can play an important communication role for dogs. We can observe the dog’s tail to deduce what they are feeling, such as when they are excited or anxious. Considering the above, this makes the practice of tail docking even more barbaric given how important of a role the tail has for the dog, not just from using it as a form of communication but also to feel things.

If you accidentally step on your dog’s tail or the dog injures his tail in some way then please make sure the dog gets appropriate treatment. Less-severe types of canine tail injuries, such as mild abrasions and lacerations, may just require cleaning and antibiotic treatments but serious injuries like tails with fractures or nerve damage must require a trip to the emergency vet.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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