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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’.

Rebecca Burnett
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     Hi! My name is Skye :) I am a pretty, perky little 5 year-old Sheltie that just loves to be the center of attention. Has anyone ever told you that Sheltie's make the best companions? Well, I am here to convince you that a life without a Sheltie is no kind of life at all!
     When my family first brought me home, I melted their hearts. In the summer I learned that tanning was the "in thing" to do with my girl Becca. In the fall, it was time to clean up the was then that I learned how piles are meant to stay as piles, and not to be jumped in :p When winter came around, my Dad Tony taught me how to shovel out the driveway, even though I still haven't quite figured out what that white stuff is (and I'm told that shovelling the driveway doesn't mean burying my face in the snow for commical effect). By the time spring had sprung I was ready to get out and play in the grass again! Too bad that there's so many mud puddles that I can't seem to avoid...I thank Becca everyday for the many baths she's given me over the years ;) (Don't tell Becca that I play in the puddles on purpose!)
     As you can very well tell, I am a commical, fun loving girl that is lucky enough to have a great family that teaches me so many neat things! If my little story hasn't convinced you to get a Sheltie, then maybe you should get a cat...I hear that they make nice toilet bowl scrubbers...

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