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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’.

Province, Country:
BC, Canada
boston terr/scottish terr/little brwn dog
Date of Birth:
nov 17/1994
Date of Death
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Jada is a wonderful little dog who has been with her owner  for 10 ( almost 11) years and she is queen of the household.Jada loves to do tricks,she has approx 30 different tricks and behaviours, and likes to perform in front of a crowd .she has been a great therapy dog for the past 8 years. the only thing jada hates is mice.she goes crazy even if the word "mouse" is  said.These days Jada likes to be where ever her owner is in the house, and follows her from room to room.She has three beds throughout the house.Jada's favorite things are to look for mice outside, lie in the sun and to sing , her favorite song's are "Roxanne"and "jingle bells" Jada is a one in a million dog.update this past nov 2005 i lost jada to  a hermangiosarcoma cancer she is greatly missed and will always be my sweetest suger

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