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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’.

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Province, Country:
WY, United States
Shepherd Mix
Date of Birth:
December 2003
Date of Death
March 13, 2004
Coat Colour:
Tan With Black
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In Loving Memory of "Brew"


It is with much regret that I write this Tribute to my Sweet little Baby Brew, taken away from us much too soon.

I can only hope & pray, that he knew a little happiness & love in his short time on this earth.


I would also like for his death, not to be in vain. He, came to us, after being rescued from an area, where there were apparently way to many unvaccinated dogs and puppies. As fate would have it, he  contracted Distemper, which shows NO MERCY and in most cases, like his, results in death.

I found out first hand, how horrific a disease this is. There is NO CURE! Prevention is the answer. Unfortunately.... we had no idea he was already infected. I can not stress enough...


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