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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’.

Heidi Dahms Foster
Prescott Valley
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AZ, United States
Australian Shepherd
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Blizzard is the son of my 10 1/2 year old Aussie, Robbie. He was born in a snowstorm on Feb. 3 and looks exactly like his grandfather Darby, who died last summer at age 12. Blizzard is a friendly little guy and likes to eat! He wags his entire rear half when he's happy, which is most of the time! This photo is Blizzard at 10 weeks old.

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