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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’.

diane gilker
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
OCT 15 94
Date of Death
JAN 10 04
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To my wonderful friend, thank you for sharing your life with us. You are sadly missed by everyone. It was a cold sunny day when we lay you beneith the ground, under a tree in your favorite place to be. Now you can run forever in your happy place, free of pain, suffer no more my friend. They said it was the right thing to do, but how we miss you. I kissed your forhead when they said you were gone and said goodbye, until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge. Sleep in peace my beautiful boy. I love you always.

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