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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’.

Owner:
Diane Buziak
City:
Not Provided
Province, Country:
SK, Canada
Type/Breed:
Terri-Poo
Date of Birth:
August, 1987
Date of Death
May, 2000
Sex:
Male
Height:
11
Weight:
24
Coat Colour:
Black and Gray
Eye Colour:
Brown

Shadow was the best friend I have ever had.  He was my shadow from the day I brought him home at 6 weeks old.  He was a quiet and very obedient dog who went everywhere with me.  He understood everything I said to him.......and his best times were in the car with me, lying on my neck so that he could see the beautiful world around him.  I will forever miss this puppy and pray at nights that I will see him again in Heaven.  Gone But Never Forgotten!  Love Mommy

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