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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’.

Pamela Rubenick
Thunder Bay
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ON, Canada
Calico feral siamese mix
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Goodbye to my soulmate.

Neffy is a very unforgetable feline friend. When I found her she was about 4 months old and infested with worms and fleas and was extremely underweight. I brought her back to my home and fixed her up. In return she gave me so much more...an everlasting friendship and a listening ear. Her life was tragically ended a few years later. She may be gone but not forgotten. 

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