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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:
Marlene Parkin
City:
Port Hardy
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Type/Breed:
Mixed-Lab/Border Collie
Date of Birth:
Aug 1 2003
Sex:
Male
Height:
26
Weight:
85
Coat Colour:
Black
Eye Colour:
Brown

I'm back. Sorry it took so long to update my site. It's been a heck of a summer. We went to Georgie Lake a few times and I loved it. Saw a bear and a cougar. Wanted to chase them but Dad wouldn't let me. No fun :(  Everyone is fine in the family. Mind you I think Fluff is getting senile. Mom says I'm fussy for a lab. I don't like macaroni, potatoes, bread or the fancy milkbones. I do, however, like the no name biscuits...something about them.
I'm not allowed out at night right now. Again no fun. Apparently there's a big cat prowling in our yard. So even the cats have to come in so they don't get eaten...not that I wouldn't miss Blackie. Some lady got attacked last week by a big cat. She's okay though, thank goodness.
Well I should go for now. Mom's day off and Dad and the kid are at work so that means playtime with Mom. YAH!!! More treats...but not as much as Dad gives me. Mom's cheap.
Dad says I'm a good boy. I'm training real well. And when we go to friend's I sit by the truck and just wait and I don't have to be tied up anymore! I just turned 2 so I'm doing well. Well I'm off and I'll keep you posted. I should update my picture but Mom hasn't gotten around to any computer stuff lately.
Bye for now. *Woof*
Kipp

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