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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’.

Joe Harley
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Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
May 24, 1993
Date of Death
June 22 , 2003
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Buster our buddy, you are dearly missed and just like one of the kids.You are with us every day and your presence is still felt in the house.You will always be a member of the family and gave us great joy to have you. Hope that we gave you a great life to. You were an outstanding member of the family and will never be forgotten. You better be there to greet us when it's our turn.

Love you large Hounddog

Joe Harley & Your Mother

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