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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’.

Owner:
Julie Heldsinger
City:
Courtice
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
fish
Date of Birth:
unknown
Date of Death
Jan.20,2008
Sex:
Unknown
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
dark with spots
Eye Colour:
na

Pleckie was a gicantic bottom eater in our fish tank.  We had him for about 10 years and


he was very small when we got him and we had to buy a new fish tank just to accommodate


his ever growing body.  He never bothered the other fish and I am afraid our large fish tank


will not look the same without him in it.

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