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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’.

Leesa Green
Province, Country:
QC, Canada
Date of Birth:
february 17, 1989
Date of Death
august 5, 2007
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my precious baby, you were born right in front of my eyes and I fell in love, you were my best friend, my confidante and my constant companion for 18 years, you always listened and never complained, I miss you now, forever and always, You are always my sunshine, when I see a rainbow or hear the wind rustle the leaves I'll know you're there even if I can't see you.

I love you, rest in peace baby girl.


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