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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:
Lorrie Ames
City:
Mrs. Sauga
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
DSH
Date of Birth:
Nov 1979
Date of Death
June 28 1998
Sex:
Female
Height:
7
Weight:
14
Coat Colour:
white
Eye Colour:
blue/green

She was such a lovely lady.  Always knew when I wasn't feeling well.  She was my Angel.  She lived for 19 years and she was on Thyroid Pills so she wasn't well, she lived for me........to keep me company.  She's always in my heart.  Sleep well Marry, sleep well...........

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