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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:
Juanita Wiebe
City:
Vernon
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Type/Breed:
guinea pig
Date of Birth:
September 2003
Date of Death
July 13th 2004
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Orange
Eye Colour:
Not Provided

I'm so sad today, first I lost your friend Louise, and now you've left us.  You both got so sick so fast.  I'm sorry the medication didn't work, and I'm sorry I didn't hold you for your last few hours like I should have.  I thought you would be okay.  I'm going to lay you to rest next to Louise today, and you two can play together forever.  I miss you so much already.  Make sure Louise isn't scared, she always looked to you to protect her.  Protect her forever okay? 

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