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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’.

Luba Sadie's Mom
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Westie Terrier X
Date of Birth:
February 1987
Date of Death
March 2003
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
White Mostly
Eye Colour:


A rescued little puppy so full of energy and love that I brought back with me from vacation to Nova Scotia!  Still seems like just yesterday I packed him into the air line carrier and brought him home where he stayed forever!

Quite the chewing sensation when he was younger, in particular for clothes out drying on the line or socks if you left them near by!

Quick to let you know someone unfamiliar was at the door and eager to greet everyone he knew with a tail wag and a big smile.

A sweet loving dear little guy with a lot of smarts and a great mouse catcher as well! 

Love you always my Rusty, thank you for 16 wonderful years!!!! I hope we lived up to your expectations, because you sure lived up to ours and then some!!

I think of you and look at your beautiful pictures so often, and sometimes even feel you here with us!

We have a new little puppy now Rusty, and often I wonder if you would have been buddies!  Her name is Sadie and she's now 5 months old (May 2004) We rescued her, just like we did you!  We still miss you and love you so very much!

Update, our puppy is now 20 months old and she is a big and wonderful girl Rusty!! She loves the backyard just as you did and loves tennis balls as well!  I know you and she would be good pals though I'm sure she would get on your nerves because she loves to play a LOT!! It's funny how she sleeps in the same spots in the house where you used to sleep.   


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