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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’.

Denise Bucciarelli
Stillwater Lake
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Boston Terrier
Date of Birth:
May 31, 2004
Coat Colour:
Brown & White
Eye Colour:

Ruby is a typical 'little sister' and loves to play with her big brother Mickey (whether he wants to or not!) She also loves to chase her feline cousins though 18 pound Fluffy will chase her right back which will send Ruby running away squealing! She is a little spitfire but brings us great joy with her antics and we love her dearly.

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