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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’.

Tracy Wilson
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Pure Barkley
Date of Birth:
June 23, 2001
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I love everyone and everything. I try to make friends with every person and animal that I meet.  I have the Snoopy dance down pat and perform it each time I meet someone I like. I live for cheese and belly rubs. I have invented my own language and  I am quite the conversationalist when mommy comes home from work.  Every ball in the world belongs to me and I will jump high in the air to catch it and await your applause.  I enjoy being treated like a princess and sitting amoungst plush pillows and waiting for my admirers to come play.  Did I mention that I run real fast and enjoy a great chase scene. Just try and take my ball : ) 

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