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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’.

Veronica Leonard
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Golden x Black lab
Date of Birth:
June 10, 2006
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Coat Colour:
Black with some white
Eye Colour:

My name is Byron! I was born in Alma, in Northern Quebec, at the local shelter where my mamma was dumped when she was very pregnant with me. I was rescued by a loving family in Huntsville, Ontario after having spent some time in a foster home in Whitby, Ontario.
I now live in a country home with my mum, dad, and two cats (who still don't want to play with me!!). I love taking walks off-leash, playing with my best friend/cousin Charlie, getting lots of cookies and liver treats, and cuddling with my mummy and daddy.

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