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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:
Melissa Fournier
City:
Montreal
Province, Country:
QC, Canada
Type/Breed:
Yorkshire Terrier
Date of Birth:
April 10th, 1992
Date of Death
July 5th, 2004
Sex:
Female
Height:
9
Weight:
20
Coat Colour:
grey
Eye Colour:
brown

You were a part of the family, and we miss you very much. I know your in heaven now with your baby Chip and with Lola, Prissy, Amy and Zeus.


I'll never forget you!


Je t'aime babou,


Melissa

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