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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:
Richard Mihovilich
City:
Lizella
Province, Country:
GA, United States
Type/Breed:
Lab Mix
Date of Birth:
September 1994
Date of Death
February 6 2008
Sex:
Male
Height:
25
Weight:
54
Coat Colour:
Black
Eye Colour:
Brown

Buddy,


You were my best friend I ever had, Boszina and  I are so lonely without you. We will never forget you and you will always be in my heart. You made my day so grand when you would meet me at the door everytime I walked in. You gave me compfort when I was down, now you will give me inspiration to carry on and do the same.


I love you Buddy,


your Dad


Richard

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