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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’.

Sharon McNeil
Moose Jaw
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SK, Canada
Cockerspaniel x
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Aug 2000
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Ginger was my first dog. I was 3 when my dad brought him home. He was my companion while I was growing up and a true member of my family. He lived an extremely long life and taught me respect  and love for animals. He was very gentle and loving dog and I was as protective of him as he was for me.  I still miss him and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

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