Surgical management of screw tail and tail fold pyoderma in dogs

Published: Jan 29, 2018
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Screw tail is an abnormal deviation of the terminal coccygeal vertebrae resulting in tail fold pyoderma. This condition is commonly met in brachycephalic breeds, especially English bulldogs. Tail fold pyoderma, the end result of skin maceration and bacterial colonization, may create pain and discomfort in these dogs. Local antibacterial combined with systemic antibiotic therapy are aiming at decreasing the number of surface bacteria of the skin and alleviate clinical signs before surgery. Complete caudectomy will lead in permanent resolution of clinical signs with minimal complications.

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