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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:
Krista Annette MacLean
City:
Sydney
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Type/Breed:
Chocolate Lab Retriever
Date of Birth:
June 19, 2002
Sex:
Male
Height:
24
Weight:
92
Coat Colour:
Chocolate Brown
Eye Colour:
Hazel

I love to play outside and swim.  My Mom and Dad have a pool and I learned how to climb out the ladder so that I don't rip the liner.  I could swim all day if they'd let me.  I love to play ball, but I'm not good at giving the ball back.  I love to lay anywhere as long as I'm touching my Mom, Dad or my sister, Rain.  My most embarrassing moment was when I went onto the ice for the first time this year and flopped on my belly.  My most cherished moment is when my Mom and Dad brought me home to meet my sister and live in a new house.

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