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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’.

Minerva Hoessl
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Border Collie
Date of Birth:
March 19, 1990
Date of Death
October 22, 2003
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Goodbye Annie!

You are the most wonderful soul I have ever met. You are so gentle, kind and smart. I loved to watch you watch TV. We miss you so very much! I hope you are happy where you are now. You deserve to be happy forever. We will never forget you.

You gave so much to our lives, we will be forever in your debt.

Farewell Annie.......and Thank You.....

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