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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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Basset Daschund
Date of Birth:
December 28, 2006
Coat Colour:
Black and White
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My name is KODA! My parents think that I am the cutest puppy in the whole world, that's why they take so many pictures of me. My favorite thing to do is CHEW. I absolutley love it. I will chew on just about anything that I can get my little paws on. I enjoy going for walks and I especially like it when I can run free in my backyard. Life is pretty easy being a dog!

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