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Dog surrendered to BC SPCA Kelowna with sock and duct tape muzzle has tail amputated

A dog with happy tail syndrome who was recently surrendered to the BC SPCA’s Kelowna animal centre is on the road to recovery and will soon be ready for adoption.

The German shepherd, named Jade by BC SPCA staff, was surrendered by her Vernon-based owner due to her condition.

According to the BC SPCA, her tail was in “terrible shape” and the owner was unable to afford the veterinary costs to treat it.

Happy tail syndrome occurs when dogs wag their tail with so much force that they injure themselves and Jade’s was so severe that her tail wouldn’t stop bleeding and the bone was exposed.

<who>Photo Credit: BC SPCA

The owner initially contacted Regional District of North Okanagan animal control, who orchestrated contact with the BC SPCA’s helpline to surrender the dog.

“Once the paperwork was filed, I was able to pick up Jade and coordinate the surrender to the BC SPCA’s Kelowna animal centre,” noted Nicholas Weeda, the BC SPCA’s community services coordinator for Vernon.

“I immediately noticed she had a sock and duct tape around her snout and head as a makeshift muzzle and her tail was in horrible condition.”

The owner told BC SPCA staff that he had put the makeshift muzzle on Jade to prevent her from licking or biting her tail.

Eileen Drever, the BC SPCA’s senior officer of protection and stakeholder relations, said a homemade muzzle should never be used for any reason.

“In this situation a dog collar cone is the only suitable option to prevent the dog from licking or biting their tail,” she explained.

“Muzzles are solely meant to prevent scavenging for food or other objects from the ground or from biting.”

<who>Photo Credit: BC SPCA

There was plenty of concern over Jade’s condition when she arrived at BC SPCA Kelowna and she was immediately transported to a veterinary clinic for treatment.

Unfortunately, Jade’s happy tail syndrome was so severe that it was determined she needed amputation.

The vet also discovered that Jade had allergies, which would require a special diet and regular medicated bathing moving forward, and a spay surgery.

“Jade is super affectionate and loves to be pet and scratched on her forehead, she will push her face into you to make sure you do it,” said Shannon Paille, manager of BC SPCA Kelowna.

“She is very sweet and wants attention and affection from everyone she meets. She is super gentle and just wants to give and receive love.”

Paille added that Jade is a very smart girl who is eager to learn commands. She’ll become available for adoption in around one week.

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