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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’.

Diane Ferrier
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Shih Tzu
Date of Birth:
July 5, 2004
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
White and grey mostly
Eye Colour:

I come to my family after having 20 accidents in 24 hours in my last home. It wasn't my fault. Honest. Since coming here in June of 2005 I have had only 2 accidents and they have openly admitted it was 'their' fault. I love to run and play with my brother, run and play with 'some' of the dog park dogs and chase squirrels and bunnies. At home I enjoy rub-a-roos, fetching squeek toys ( I have many but now I have to share them with my younger brother) and slleping on my dad.

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