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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’.

Gloria Davies
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Shih Tzu
Date of Birth:
July 1996
Date of Death
August 28 2009
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Munchie was my life. She followed me everywhere I went in the house, no matter what I was doing. She loved to walk and bark at all the neighbourhood dogs. She would walk outside of the house and start barking to let everyone know that she was there.  She was the reason to get up in the morning and go for a walk. She would always be there to greet me when I got home from work
I cannot seem to stop crying and will miss her forever.

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