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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’.

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A girl found a kitten in the garden and gave him to a man the father knew. Bill was very afraid, but he became the man’s best friend. Nothing bad ever happened to Bill.

Every year, the father and daughter’s visit was a festival. All the food was orange like Bill – cantaloupe, salmon and juice.

Bill died of a heart attack and was buried in the yard he loved. The father had moved away, with a heart condition too. Someday he may bring out his daughter’s drawing of the little cat, because he always will remember Bill.

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