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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’.

Owner:
Arlene Clark
City:
Yarmouth
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Type/Breed:
Maltese
Date of Birth:
20 Sep 01
Sex:
Female
Height:
5
Weight:
5
Coat Colour:
Whilte
Eye Colour:
Black

Hi, I'm Meg the Maltese. Milly is my big sister & she is always pushing me around. First to get fed, first to get patted & first to get into trouble with the humans. I'm the cutest though, just ask me. Amy & Sport are our greyt big step cousins. They sure have been nice to us since we moved into our 'forever' home with them. They have told us what life was like on the greyhound race tracks. We sure are glad that we didn't have to do that. You can see more photos of us at Amy & Sport's Page - http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/jbc

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