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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’.

Owner:
Norma Price
City:
Elmwood
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Bull Mastiff
Date of Birth:
2/07/1998
Date of Death
7/04/2003
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
brindle
Eye Colour:
gold

Heidi  I miss you terribly.  Now you can run free in the fields of heaven.  You went through a terrible time with cancer but now you are free.  Please keep smiling and play hard.  Be Happy girl.  I will see you again someday.


Every day when Hooch and I walk we stop and say hello.  We placed you in your favorite spot - under the big elm tree where you loved to dig and play. 


I love you Heidi girl and I will never forget you

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