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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’.

Julie Hall
Thunder Bay
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
april 1 1996
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Coat Colour:
Eye Colour:
golden brown

Emma found me at the Sarnia humane society one cold december day when i was 15. I adopted her as soon as i saw her and brought her home. Although the first months were from hell as she was a 9month old labrador, we made it through and she is the most important thing in my life these days.  We've had our share of termoil (her sock eating days came to an abrupt end when she needed $1000 surgery to remove one) shes gone away to college with me, and now lives in Thunder Bay with me where i got my first job as a Veterinary Technician. She tolerates our kitty Skittles, and her new housemate Molson the rottie. She loves almost everyone she meets even other dogs, she just seems to have issues with dominant females. her favourite toy was a stuffed canadian goose that honked when squeezed but it unfortunatly came to a sad end when Max my parents basset/beagleX ate it on her. She now has an octopus that has replaced it.

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