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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’.

Julia Bouchard
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Rabbit / Holland Lop
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Date of Death
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Coat Colour:
Agouti & White
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Pogo was unfortunatly, cruelly abused the first 3 years of her life.  Due to these circumstances she was a very unfriendly and unpleasant bunny.  No one wanted her and she jumped from one home to another, until I met her.  After years of providing her with love, support, and comfort she finally stared to trust again.  I tried my best to give her the world.  She will be sadly missed and loved forever.   

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