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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:
Maggie Barron
City:
Ottawa
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Border Collie
Date of Birth:
May 2002
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Black & White
Eye Colour:
brown

Tori was adopted from her breeder in July 2002. She had been born on a farm just outside Ottawa, Ontario, CAN. She has more energy than any dog I've ever known! She's got a fe strange habits as well: She barks at the coffee maker and refuses to go in the basement or outside through the garage! She "herds" the cats (all 15 of them!) as if they were sheep and is very protective of 'Cassie MacLittle' in particular. She's very jealous of other dogs, but will adjust to them once she's around them a few hours. She DEMANDS that you give her as much attention as you possibly can and loves to play fetch with a ball. She's now about 2 1/2 years old. The first photo was taken in August 2002 and the seond was taken in Summer 2004.

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