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Pet Tip

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:
Tina Pan
City:
Coquitlam
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Type/Breed:
American Pit Bull Terrier/Lab/Rotti
Date of Birth:
June 2003
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
91
Coat Colour:
black and white
Eye Colour:
crimson/brown

Hi, I'm Monty, the American Pit Bull Terrier. On walks, I get many stares, and some people even back away from me. I think that it's unfair for pit bulls to be classified as dangerous to many people. I really hope that everyone can give us a chance, and see that we can be as sweet as golden retrievers.
I arrived to my family September 9th, 2003, from the Maple Ridge SPCA. I was a tiny little puppy- only 3 months old, and weighing 19 pounds! I have grown a lot now, but most of my weight comes from my big bones. I love to play, and run in the yard. I am very friendly to people and other dogs. Sometimes, cats startle me, but usually, I leave them alone. On walks, I pick up many things. I recently picked up a lost cell phone on the street, which my owner returned. I have many doggy friends, and I enjoy playing with them. I have been bitten by a Shetland Sheepdog, and it really scared me. I was only 4 months old. I don't know what I did wrong, I don't want it to happen again. I loved my Kong, but I lost it- I think it rolled down the driveway one day....
 When my family and I moved about 2 months ago, I was so scared! On moving day, I hid behind a tree and watched stranger move things in and out of the new house. I was upset : ( After about a day or two, I realized that this new home had a bigger yard than the old one! I romped around and found many toys buried in the yard. Boy was I happy!

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