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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:
Gil Hernandez
City:
El Paso
Province, Country:
TX, USA
Type/Breed:
Rottweiler
Date of Birth:
01/05/1994
Date of Death
04/14/2004
Sex:
Male
Height:
27
Weight:
120
Coat Colour:
black w/tan
Eye Colour:
brown

To a faithful and honary companion. I am at a loss for words at losing my buddy to a condition I knew nothing about (GDV)!  All I can say now is that he is now resting comfortably in heaven. I thank god for giving me 10 good years with him. He was the smartest and sharpest canine I have ever had! 


 


 

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