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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’.

Rebecca Wiles
Laurel Hill
Province, Country:
FL, United States
Australian Cattle Dog
Date of Birth:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Blue Merle speckled
Eye Colour:

I love lots of attention. I can never get enough of that! I love to run, run, run and chase anything that I see! I am an Australian Cattle Dog or ACD and am a beautiful Blue Merle slightly speckled color... I have a lovely wiry coat that my mistress loves to run her fingers through! I was found by her cousins roaming on the street and she took me and my sister in and fell in love with us as little puppies... She guess my birthdate to be December of 2002 and got us Febuary 25, 2003 as little rascals. Unfortunelty my sister died but I am still roaming happy and free! I love to sit in the sanbox with her and her son Ray. And I sit there and let her pet me all day except when a rabbit or bird came by! I am a bit finicky with what I like to eat.. Not always into dog food unless it is mixed with a bit of human food. I also don't like every human food. My son Buck, who is also part Chow, will however eat anything.

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