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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’.

Tara J
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Rusty was a rescue dog that we took in from unacceptable living conditions.  She was dumped by her owner onto a farmer who kept her and another dog in an abandoned pig sty.  The only socialization they received was when the boiled potatoes were brought out for feeding.  Unfortunately, the other dog passed before we could rescue him.  Rusty had heartworm when we took her in which we treated her for.  She lived with us and our german shepherd whom she was aggressive with at first, but eventually grew to love.  She was not a people dog, but was loyal and obedient to our family.  She developed cancer in her later years which we treated and were informed that eventually it would return.  We chose to keep her with us instead of putting her down as she still seems to be happy.  Then, she had a stroke in which we were once again told that maybe it was time she be put down.  But she showed no signs from the effects of the stroke and we once again, took her home.  Then, on the night of October 23, 2004, someone decided for us that it was time she left.  She was beaten, had her ribs broken, stabbed and de-scalped while we slept.  It just seemed so unfair to save her from all that she had gone thru, just to have someone take God's work into their own hands and take her from us - with no warning or concern. 

Saving one animal won't change the world, but the world has surely changed for that one animal! - author unknown.


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