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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’.

Allen Thorpe
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In Loving Memory of Honeybear Thorpe
11/29/89 - 09/03/03

We love you baby bear and we miss you so much. You're at peace, in eternal rest, and not suffering anymore. You were always a good little girl, "Daddy's little baby", such a beautiful little dog. Heaven now has two of our fur babies just over the Rainbow Bridge... you and Snooper. You two take care of each other and play... just as you two did when you were young. We will see you two again one day. For now, you will forever be in in our hearts and alive in our memories. We love you.

Your loving family,
Daddy, Mama, Kimberly, James, Kobe, Coco and Champ 

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