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Limber tail in dogs – Pet tip 140

Limber Tail Syndrome (AKA cold tail, dead tail, broken wag) is quite common among some breeds of hunting dogs, such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Pointers, Setters, and Beagles. It is a condition in which the tail becomes limp and sometimes painful after exertion, particularly during inclement weather, swimming, or in an under-conditioned dog. It is a condition well-known to hunting dog owners and trainers, but not commonly seen by veterinarians. The syndrome is characterized by the swelling of the muscles at the base of the tail (the wagging muscles, which are also used heavily during swimming when the tail may serve as a rudder). These muscles are bound to the tail by a tight ring of connective tissue. As the muscles swell and expand, the connective tissue begins to serve as a tourniquet – cutting off normal blood flow.

When increased pressure within a confined space results in reduced blood flow, it is known as a ‘compartment syndrome’.

Gillian Wheatley
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Black Labrador Sherpherd
Date of Birth:
November. 14, 1988
Date of Death
March. 14, 2003
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Samantha, Sam for short, was an amazing dog, who died at the age of fourteen. Sam loved to play a type of tag game, which was really cool. Once, at a barbeque, she ate my hotdog!

Everybody loved Sam. I had a picture of her on my desk at school. SHe was like an older sister to me, since I'm just two years younger than her.

I almost cryed my heart out when I found out she had been put down. My dad got home, and me and him were the only ones home. I rushed to where he was and asked, "Where is she?" The first thing he said was, "She's gone." It was the first time I had ever seen my dad cry. I've cryed everyday ever since. It happened so quickly. One day she was fine, the next day she was suddenly paralyzed in the legs. The next.... gone. But my dad says she's in a better place now. That makes me happy.

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