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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’.

Ash Luiz
Province, Country:
MN, United States
Collie/Springer Spaniel/Black lab
Date of Birth:
June 15, 1998
Date of Death
October 21, 2007
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Blackie was a wonderful dog. So prude and well-mannered but let her bark out when intruders were present. Although she was daddy's girl, she showed unconditional love towards myself, and the rest of my family. Blackie always loved to run up to you the second you got home and bury her head in your chest, making her feel warm and safe. I miss her so much already but realize she is happy. Before she died at 6:30 am, Sunday October 21, 2007, she looked at my dad, took a deep breath and whimpered right before she passed showing how much she wanted to hang on and not leave us after a long night in the garage with my dad under blankets. Mostly bones and pain she needed to move on into a place of glory, but I will forever remember her cute personality and love.

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