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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’.

Jennie Volfson
Province, Country:
QC, Canada
Pomeranian Mixed
Date of Birth:
December 1992
Date of Death
August 2, 2008
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Tarzan was one of a kind dog. He wasn't playful, he was not a dog that required a lot...Just to be loved, to be with us and to feel included.
He was a friend, a confidante, a companion that helped me through thick and thin just by being there. He followed me everywhere and would have gone after me to the end of the world.
I miss you my friend, my buddy...My Tarzan. My life was enriched by having you with me, I am proud to have been your owner.
You will always live in my heart and in my memories...I will see you at the Bridge, sweetie!

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