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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’.

Louise Tremblay
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Lhasa Apso
Date of Birth:
16 May 2007
Coat Colour:
Black and Tan
Eye Colour:

My name is Sophie I  was born in Ottawa the 16 May 2007 I was adopted by my new parents on the 14 July 2007 I went for my first visit to the vet and had my first needle ouch! My new parents there so nice to me they love me a lot and I love them a lot me too. There trying to train me but sometime I forgot the paper but I am progressing I spleeping in a nice cage They give me Science Diet  for my food. I got a friend to in my new home it a nice cat his name is Bob .  I'm so happy in my new home.

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