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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’.

Margaret Sakhrani
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September 30, 1994
Date of Death
March 15, 2005
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He was my best friend.  I loved him more than anything and anyone in the world and I will miss him.

It's been a few hours since he's died.  I don't know how I will be able to face coming home to an empty home and not see him wagging his tail, barking at my mom and dad when they get home. 

I tried to make sure that he knew that I loved him everyday, and I would love him when he rolled over looking for me to rub his belly.  I love you Freddie, my little angel.  You are my best friend and I love you more than anything and anyone in the whole world


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