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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’.

Tracy and David Gardiner
Port colborne
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Phalen joined the family when he was only 5 weeks old.  He was very sick and had to have constant care for the first 2 weeks. He had fleas, worms, and his fur was extrememly matted.  Since then he has grown into a healthy, happy boy.  His favourite time is in the morning when he can chew the bottom of pant legs and wrestle with Mira and Brandi.  We have to be careful when we walk,  or before we sit down because he is so dark we can't see him at times.  His eyes are so black, that we have to look closely to see if he is awake or sleeping. His favourite toy is his green lady bug squeaky toy, and he sleeps with it.  He is still too small to sleep in the big bed but loves his kennel.  He likes to go out into public where everyone makes a fuss over him but he acts as though he is shy and whines to be carried and hides his head.  He licks your face but likes to add a little bite in there when he can.  He loves to lie on his back on someone's lap to have his ears rubbed because that makes him fall asleep. 

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