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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’.

Anneke Claassens
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Miniature Dachshund
Date of Birth:
September 7, 2004
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I am the happiest and luckiest dog alive! My mommy and daddy bought a house just for me! I even have a painting of me on the front door. I sleep in my mommy and daddy's bed and I get hugs and kisses all day long! And when they leave me home alone, I have the whole house to myself - then I spend my time sleeping on my futon. They never put me in a cage - that is for storing all my toys!

I don't like the snow much and I ESPECIALLY don't like wearing snow boots! My mommy knows better now than to try and put them on. I would rather have summer all year long so I can play outside with my ball.

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