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Pet Tip

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:
Kent Craig
City:
South Riding
Province, Country:
VA, United States
Type/Breed:
Labasaurus
Date of Birth:
March 17, 1998
Sex:
Male
Height:
30
Weight:
110
Coat Colour:
Golden
Eye Colour:
Orange

Frisbee fanatic, loves playing with children and other dogs - especially retrievers.  Awesome deep barker.  Will retrieve anything that is thrown and once managed to carry a basketball.  Intelligent enough to figure out how to turn a door knob and open a door, which he does to the door leadinng into the garage if he hears the garage door opener.  As with all dogs, he is full of personality and makes a great friend.

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