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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’.

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My name is Willie and this is my blog. Here I will tell you the amazing life my owners provide me.
I was born in this city called St Benjamin, so I was told, 3 1/2 yrs ago. This is in the middle of nowhere! Anyway, my mother was a bichon frise, my dad was a poodle. I was adopted by some nice folks who took me to Montreal when i was a baby.
They are cool guys! I love them to death!! You know what I like? To go for a walk in the morning, then another one in the evening, when they come home. My days are boring...I stay home alone, most of the time. They have to leave in the morning, right after my first walk - I have no idea where they go, but they are pretty tired when they come back. Anyway... as soon as they come in, another walk. On this one I have more time to run, check out stuff, meet my buddies.
Recently I got a new sweater. It was so cold outside that I decided to poo at home. I knew that would put me in trouble, but i was willing to suffer the consequenses of being caged for a few hours. It was better than freeze outside!! Going out with a sweater was much better... I did have an embarassing moment with this piece of cloth, though... The hat covered my eyes and I hit my head against the wall... My owners were laughing their heads off! I was just... ashamed...
Then I lie down with them, give them some affection. Poor guys need it... They haven't seen me all day, i'm sure they miss me. We watch some tv, I cuddle them for a while, then we go to bed. There are some days that they stay home with me all day. We watch movies and eat popcorn... boy, i love popcorn! They eat good stuff... You know, the other day I had something called mango. I loved it so much that i went through the garbage bag to get some more. That put me in a lot of trouble later on...
So, that's a little bit of my life story... I will come back with more about me another time... Bye for now!

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