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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’.

Julie Heldsinger
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We adopted Homer from our local humane society exactly one month ago today as we had recently lost our wonderful cat Archie and we felt Homer needed us and we needed him.  Unfortunately it would not last long as he started feeling sick a week ago and after a visit and a ultra sound at the vet's

today we were told that he had FIP and there was nothing we could do to help him.  Losing 2 cats in a little more than 2 months is almost too much to bear, but I take comfort in the fact he did not spend his last days in a caged environment and that he was surrounded by loved ones at the end.

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