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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’.

Alison MacDonald
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Terrier cross
Date of Birth:
c. 2006
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I joined Pepper, Tigger and Alison in October 2009. They found me with SNAP and not much history. I'm a very friendly boy, love all people and animals and expect them all to love me too. If there's a lap around it's mine, even if someone else gets there first. Next to laps, my favorite thing is to be outside and to leap through the air and run as fast as I can. I always come back though. Alison says I'm pretty smart, but I don't look before I run and I find ways to get out of the yard so she has to keep an eye on me all the time.

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