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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’.

Neil Van Dusen
Lower Sackville
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Date of Birth:
May13, 1995
Date of Death
March 31st, 2006
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Princess was a loyal and fun loving dog, she would play like a puppy, but protect like a soldier. She hated cats, mailmen, delivery pesonel, and oil truck drivers. She only barked when prompted, or to warn of strangers. She was kind, loving, and loved to be scratched, chase balls, go for rides in any vehicle, and any kind of food. She holds the record for most craps in one walk, a record that may never be broken. She will be sorely missed.

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