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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’.

Terri Burke
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Boston Terrier
Date of Birth:
Jan 2003
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HI! My name is Myndi Lou...though mum and her roommates call me moo-moo, don't know why, but they do..and I come to it.   I'm a Boston Terrier, though when mummy takes me to the park I think I'm a Boxer...I'm becoming a bully.  I can out run anything out there...well except the Border Collie Meg.  I live to run.  Mum got me from my grandma's friend who didn't have time for me anymore, but Now i'm a spoiled Pillow princess...My gramma is making me a fleece blanket for my crate, I do sleep with mum...I get mad at her when I don't and she has to bribe me to get me to change my mind!  I'm learning come..though i dun know why she calls me when she knows I'm busy sniffing something!!

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