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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’.

Janine Luzzi
Thunder Bay
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Shar Pei/Spaniel
Date of Birth:
September 20, 2002
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Likes:  I love my mom&dad's bed and their couch.  I also love my dog aunt Madison and my dog brother Jake.  I ESPECIALLY love getting my belly rubbed while I am standing up.
Dislikes:  The squirrels in my yard that never leave me alone, cats, and whatever the bug was that bit me and gave me hives all over.  My brother annoys me sometimes too, especially when he finishes my supper before I get to.
Bad Habits:  I destroyed one whole side of my mom&dad's couch AND two ends of their boxspring for their bed.  But they tasted sooooooooo good..................  But now that I am older I have stopped MOST of my bad habits.
Favourite Spot:  Besides mom and dad's bed, I spend ALL day perched in the window on the back of the couch.

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