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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’.

Kristy Clark
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Jack was such a big cat in everyway. He's only been with me for 3 years, had him since he was a kitten. I rescued him and his sister from the streets. He was like a child when he wanted to be picked up he would meow and stand on his hind legs and reach his front paws to me. And there he would sit. But a few days ago he started not being himself, and Last night he left. He will remain in my heart forever. He was not only my cat he was a family member, a companion and I loved him so much. GoodBye Jackie Boy AKA My Mans.

(Jack is the big one, the kitten is his nefew)

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