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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
Province, Country:
AZ, United States
Australian Shepherd
Date of Birth:
Feb. 3, 2004
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Here is Ruby, a red tri Australian Shepherd born Feb. 3, 2004. She is the daughter of my nearly 11-year-old Aussie Robbie. She is shown here winning Best of Breed puppy at her very first dog show in Arizona. She seems to want the whole world to know that she is something special! Shown with Ruby is her excellent handler, Patricia Aranda, who also showed her father Rob and kennelmate Imij to many nice wins.

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