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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’.

Shane Stegall
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Blade was an orange tabby and  had the greatest personality you could imagine. He was with us for his full 12yrs. He was so sweet. Even his meow was special. He would actually talk to you. He would send me off for the day and greet me when I came home. If I watched TV, he was right there in the easy chair with me. If I slept, he slept next to me. Blade was a lil over weight but other than that he lived a very healthy life untill he became suddenly ill. I feel I gave Blade a great life..... but he gave me so much more. Its so sad to see him go. Im amazed how such a small lil fella could leave such a large void. I love and miss you Blade.

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