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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’.

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Bull Mastiff
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I like to be with my master at all times.  I love to sleep on couches and have destroyed 3 so my master built one just for me. I also love to take walks when my knees are good and I love to walk in the river in the summer.  I can't swim but my master makes sure I get through the deep spots without any problem.  I hate smoke with a passion.  My favoutite things are my pillow which I suck on and my big Dino bone which is so yummy that I eat at least 3 a year.
My most cherised thing was my sister Heidi who died of cancer this past July.  I was so upset when she left that I didn't eat for a very long time.  I still get lonely for her and my new mate is OK but not the same.

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