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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’.

Heather Parkin-South
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Pit X
Date of Birth:
August 7, 2003
Date of Death
December 2, 2004
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Yuri was my best friend.

He was always there for me when I was feeling down or stressed out.When the kids would argue with each other, Yuri was always there to play referee.He always made us laugh when we needed to.

I never realized just how much I loved my dog until he was taken away from us.

To me, he was not a dog, he was a valuable member of our family.


He will be forever in our hearts.

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