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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’.

Connie and Marta and Bob Somerville
Province, Country:
WA, United States
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
Coat Colour:
flea bitten grey
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Tayab was my best friend. He always knew just what i needed. whether it was a good lon ride in the mountains, a bolt throught the field, a game of tag, or just a shoulder to cry on.
His favorite treat was oddly enough lemon jelly dougnut and a coke. He loved to cuddle and be brushed.
Best of all he had no idea he was really an old man.. He would act just like a youngster. Our common joke was he was 20 something going on 2!..
I would like to give a special thank you to BOB AND MARTA for all they did and for loving him as much as they did. They were there for him when I could no longer be.
God bless them.
I know he is waiting for me across the rainbow bridge.

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