Dog overjoyed family is staying home wags tail so hard he sprains it

rolo the sausage dog in bed
Rolo was very excited to see his family working from home (Picture: Emma Smith)

We might be struggling with being cooped up due to coronavirus-related self-isolation and social distancing, but some are benefiting from the lockdown.

Our pets are suddenly getting loads more quality time with their loved ones, who now they’re working from home can hang out with their cat or dog all day.

One dog who had a slightly excessive reaction to this joyful news is Rolo, a seven-year-old dachshund who managed to strain his tail by wagging it so hard.
Rolo’s owner Emma, 21, from Essex, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘We are usually out of the house nine to five for four or five days a week, with a family member letting him out for a run for half an hour at lunchtime so he can do his business. ‘Now we as a family – me, my mum, dad, and sister Rachael, are working from home.
sausage dog rolo
Rolo loves getting fussed over (Picture: Emma Smith)

‘When we were at home he wanted to constantly play and wagging his tail, and then a few days ago his tail was under his legs and wasn’t moving, even when we were playing and we thought it was strange.’

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Noticing a sudden drop in Rolo’s tail-wagging, the family took him to vet, who said he had strained his tail from wagging it too hard.

So my dog has been so happy that everyone is home for quarantine, that his tail has stopped working, so we went to the vet and the vet said ‘he had sprained his tail from excessively wagging it’ 😂😂😭😭💔💔

— Emma smith (@Emmasmith77xx)

That’s right – the sausage dog was so excited to spend time with his family that he caused himself an injury.

Rolo had strained the ligaments and tendons between his tail and spine. He was treated with an anti-inflammatory injection in his tail and is now taking painkillers every day for a week.

He’s already in much better shape two days later. While Rolo can’t yet lift his tail, he can wag it side to side again.

Thankfully he’s getting plenty of fuss and attention from his family while he recovers.

‘He gets separation anxiety sometimes so he always wants to be with people,’ Emma, a trainee accountant, explains.

‘Rolo loves people and attention. He will knock your phone out of your hand to give him belly rubs.

‘When we come home from work he gets super excited and has the zoomies for about half an hour.

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‘In self-isolation we are going for walks, cuddling while I’m working from home and watching Netflix.’

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