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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’.

Owner:
Lisa Laidlaw
City:
Markdale
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
cat
Date of Birth:
Not Provided
Date of Death
March 9, 2004
Sex:
Unknown
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
White
Eye Colour:
green

I will miss my fuzzy friend who came to me in his time of need to help me with mine.


The bond we shared even in death will never break.


To my sweet sweet fuzzy friend you live always in my heart thank you for being my friend.


Rest now until we are together again

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