Q. I have a 3 year old weimaraner. Her tail was docked improperly as a puppy. I just realized the white spot on the end is not siply a bald spot but bone
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. This should be checked by a vet and may need surgical repair if the bone is exposed to reduce the risk of an infection entering her spinal canal. Some dogs with docked tails can develop a horn-like keratin tip to the tail which can feel very hard also but is not such an infection risk; if she has any other signs such as abnormal weight gain, poor coat or bald patches I would also recommend a thyroid blood test if this is a keratin tip as altered matabolism can make these more common.