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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’.

Melissa/David Kneeland
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Hienz 57
Date of Birth:
January 1, 1985
Date of Death
August 30,2004
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Coat Colour:
Black and White
Eye Colour:



We loved you so much you were the most wonderful dog we have ever had in our lives so far. We spent almost 20 years together. That is almost my entire life, to think we got you when I was 4, and now here I am at 24 sitting without you by my side. We will all miss you so much, but I know you're up there with Belle looking down and watching us all.  We'll meet again soon on the Rainbow Bridge!

Love always and forever.

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