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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’.

Ken Mortillaro
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
American Staff Terrier
Date of Birth:
January 16, 1995
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I am a very loving, sensitive dog, who loves to mess up my dad's bed.  I especially enjoy pawing at his comforter and ripping it to shreds.  (He hassles me about it, but I don't mind.)
I used to be a shoe-chewer when I was young, but now I just like to leave love packages in the yard for my dad to deal with. (When he's not looking, I smile!)
I demand that I get appropriate and respectful leftovers mixed with my din-din.  I also expect massages for my sore body on a daily basis.
I refuse to have a bath and require that my dad, Kenny, takes me in the shower personally with a special, sensitive-skin shampoo.
When we go for a walk, I must be able to confront and frighten the birds, especially ducks and swans, as well as the squirrels.  I demand respect from other dogs, especially puppies and those little cats that bark.
I miss my cat Pepper, who died of old age when I was young.  At his grave in my old backyard was the only place I would never dig or poo on.

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