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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’.

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February 1999
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Turn Ons Wearing my Bob Mackie knockoff winter-suit with my Nancy Sinatra plastic go-go boots.Pet peeves -Being ignored, having my nails cut, aggressive veterinarians, snobby yapping poodles.Most Embarrassing Moment constipated as others pass me in the street.Favorite Chew Toy - Socks and undies.BeingFavorite lounging spot - bed bed bedFriends - Ernie Marty CarmyFondest Memory -Eating an entire pizza while my master went to the bedroom.Favorite Tricks - Cartwheels and backflips.
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