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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’.

Wanda McDonald
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Drake (or Drakey as I called him) was the most loving lizard you could ever hope for. Most people don't think of lizards as cuddly, but if you could have seen him when he cuddled into my neck to go to sleep when I held him in the evenings.

He would tilt his head when you talked to him, as if he knew what you were saying. He had a zest for life... and for hunting any bug that moved!

I will miss you Drakey!

Drake died suddenly of what the vet suspected was some kind of aneurysm.

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