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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’.

Owner:
Stephanie Hanchak
City:
Howell
Province, Country:
MI, United States
Type/Breed:
Samoyed
Date of Birth:
February 1992
Date of Death
November 2005
Sex:
Male
Height:
24
Weight:
70
Coat Colour:
White
Eye Colour:
Brown

Shadow...you were a great dog...


You always knew juat what I needed, and gosh were you patient with me.  I was only 9 years old when we brought home, this little ball of white fluff that followed me everywhere (thus your name)...I am still not quite sure we knew what we were getting into. 


We took you to obedience class, which they tell me you passed.  I am still not quite sure they informed you of that.  You could be stubborn at times.  I did manage to teach a few cool tricks that no other dog has ever been able to master. 


As we grew older, I had less time for you, I had boyfriends, dances, basketball & football games, and college but, you always had time for me. 


You grew into an old dog in front of my eyes, your once luxurious fur began to thin and your tail was almost hairless, but nobody could tell you should relax cause you were as senior.  You live for a good game of tuggy and never missed a treat tossed at you long after your joints, eyes and ears had begun to fail.  Thunderstorms started to frighten the fearless dog I knew, but still you were special to me.


It is funny that the most annoying things about you are what I miss most, your high pitched bark and terrible breath.


I am sorry I was not there the last time you closed your eyes, cause I know had it been the other way around you would have been there for me.  Hopefully, you waiting at Rainbow Bridge, youthful and pain free again, for me to take you with me acrossed the bridge to heaven.  You'll never be far from my thoughts!!!

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