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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’.

Brandon Choe
Los Angeles
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CA, United States
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Kirby was such a loving and caring dog. Although he had a stroke 2 years ago, it did not stop him from doing things normal dogs could do. It may have taken him a little longer, but he never felt sorry for himself. I'm humbled by his zest and determination for life. "Kirby, you will truly be missed. Go run and play. Until we meet again. Have fun. We love you."

-Your Family.

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