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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’.

Angela Turner
San Diego
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CA, United States
border collie/austrailian shephard
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Friday July 27, 2007
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He gave all he could give. He was humble and he was a protector. Just as God intended him to be. Thank you God, for Mikey. To keep us company and to be our friend when we were in need. We took advantage of you. I'm so sorry. Please have fun in heaven with Corkey, and Grandma, and Jesus especially. Romp through the fresh green grass and play tag with the angels. Farewell my best friend.

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