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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’.

Betty Simas
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Shih Tzu
Date of Birth:
July 13, 2004
Date of Death
November 25, 2009
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Our sweet precious baby Casey

I am so sorry that we didn't know how much you were suffering inside, you left us so suddenly that we didn't even have a chance to say Good-Bye.

You will always be our Boo - sleep now my baby girl - 'cause you are not suffering no more.

Love Always

mommy, daddy and Alyssa

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