Does your dog have a mysterious bald spot you can’t explain? If your dog is losing hair or has a large bald spot on the tail, it might be a case of stud tail. While it might seem scary at first, stud tail is a very common and treatable skin condition in dogs.
What is Stud Tail?
Stud tail is the basic term for the more scientific term, tail gland hyperplasia. This is a condition that occurs in a dog’s surpacudal gland, a gland located in the upper to middle half of a dogs tail.
This gland is also known as the violet gland and contains sebaceous glands that secrete sebum, an oily substance. Supracaudal gland hyperplasia is when the sebaceous glands secrete abnormal amounts of sebum.
Stud Tail Symptoms
The symptoms of stud tail can be pretty easy to spot, once you know what to look for. If you’re concerned that your dog might have stud tail, be on the lookout for these common symptoms.
- Greasy and sometimes matted hair at the base of the tail
- Missing hair at the base of the tail
- Blackheads (comedones) on the skin at the base of the tail
- Waxy substance on the skin and hair at the base of the tail
- Skin infection at the base of the tail
- A foul odor
If you begin seeing several of these symptoms together, be sure to begin treatment as soon as possible. The longer the condition is left untreated the worse it will get. It’s better to act sooner rather than later.
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Common Stud Tail Questions
What causes stud tail?
Stud tail is caused by two main factors, the first being if the dog’s androgen levels are high over an extended period of time. These are levels that are heightened during the mating stage, so if the levels are heightened for too long it can cause the condition.
The second cause is from is an outside agitator such as fleas. If these pests make their way to the tail gland and start sourcing blood from there, the gland is likely to get inflamed.
Is stud tail contagious?
No, it’s not contagious. One dog can not give the condition to another. Stud tail stems from irritation or infection within an individual dog’s immune system.
Does stud tail go away?
Yes, it can! As long as the proper steps have been taken, stud tail will go away. While, as stated, it’s not a serious condition. You can ignore it as long as the area does not look irritated or infected.
Feel free to try some of the below-mentioned remedies. See your vet if the condition does not clear up or show signs of irritation or infection. Note it can take several weeks for noticeable improvement.
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Stud Tail Treatment and Remedies
Since stud tail is such a common problem in dogs, there are lots of home treatments out there to try before heading to the vet. Here is a list of a few remedies for stud tail treatment.
- Witch Hazel. I use Dickinson’s wipes and wipe them on the area daily.
- Stud tail shampoo for dogs using Benzoyl peroxide shampoo for dogs.
- My vet recommended Stridex sensitive skin pads but they weren’t effective. It could potentially be worth a try if you have a mild case of stud tail.
Keep in mind these treatments are for clear cut mild cases. If your dog is experiencing any severe symptoms, bypass the home remedies and take them straight to the vet instead. Your dog may need antibiotics or other medications to clear up the condition.
Do You Have Any of Your Own Remedies?
Comment below and let me know If you have any of your own stud tail treatments I didn’t mention.
Additional articles to read:
- Stud Tail in Dogs – Wag!
- Stud Tail in Dogs Causes and Treatment – Caring for Pets
- Introducing the Dog’s Supracaudal Gland – Dog Discoveries
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