The Tale of Vivian's Tail
Organized by: Jason Holder
Vivian is a one year old female pit bull. We rescued her from New York City Animal Control on March 12, 2014. When we rescued her, she came to us with an injury on the end of her tail. It was missing hair and scabbed over all around the tip. This is where the tale of her tail becomes a bit more complex.
Pit bulls are known for having a condition known as "Happy Tail Syndrome". Due to the size and strength of their tails, they will often whip them against furniture, walls, and other hard objects when they get excited and wag. This can cause already injured tails to lose more hair, bleed profusely and eventually the tissue dies.
Since Vivian's tail was already injured when we adopted her, we knew she would be susceptible to this syndrome. The good news is that as she became more comfortable in our home, she became more and more happy. The downside to that happiness is that she began to wag her tail much more often and more vigorously, causing the tail further damage.
While we did our best to keep the tail wrapped and medicated for the last four weeks, it was not enough to heal her tail. We found out from our vet this week that she would need surgery to amputate part of the tail so that it could heal properly. The surgery was completed today and seems to be a success so far!
The downside to this, besides her losing part of her tail, is that the surgery cost a bit more than $1300, which we were not prepared to finance. So, that's why we're giving this website a chance. Hopefully there are some pit bull lovers out there that can appreciate the new life that this girl has been given and the joy that she has brought into our lives. No donation is too small and anything that we do receive for her medical bills is appreciated more than you can know. We sincerely are humbled by the outpouring of love and support that Vivian has received. Thank you!!