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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’.

Julie Heldsinger
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ON, Canada
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April 27,2006
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Nickers was a very delightful cat who showed up at our door 3 years ago.  We  took

him in and have looked after him ever since.  I still can't believe when I took him to

the vet 1 week ago today with what I thought was a tooth problem, that turned out to

be so much worse and that he would be gone so quickly.  We will always think of him

fondly and appreciate the time we had with him, but the whole family will miss him


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