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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’.

Judi Ford
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Golden Retriever
Date of Birth:
January 27, 2003
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My name is Bonnieview's Ramblin Rankin, Rankin for short.  I am 15 months old and love to hang out with my owner's youngest son .  I loved to play under the saucer when he was in it.  He is too big now to fit in the saucer, but I still love playing with him.  I loved going for walks and riding in the bottom of the stroller when I got tired.  I have 2 older dog siblings and 1 younger.  Cody 4 1/2, Alex 3 and Casey 13 months.  I am pretty laid back and love spending time around my owners, just hanging out.  It is especially fun when my owner's son Mitchell (9) plays ball with me in the yard.  My owners say that I am a very special boy!!
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