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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’.

Stacey Parkinson
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Golden Retriever
Date of Birth:
July 7, 2001
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Copper is my very first Golden Retriever and I can honestly say that his personality is the best, he's a little hyper but I love him for it.  He follows me around all the time he will sleep with me on my bed, eventhough he has a huge bed of his own.  Copper loves to lick and is very affectionate.  He has a very loud bark and sounds like a shepherd.  He learned to shake a paw with in two weeks after I brought him home and he is a busy body.  When he was a puppy  he had to see everything and would do anything to see.  He loves trying to talk to me and seems to alway have something to say.

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