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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’.

Owner:
Cindy Davis
City:
Holiday
Province, Country:
FL, United States
Type/Breed:
African Grey
Date of Birth:
05-20-99
Date of Death
09-09-09
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Not Provided
Eye Colour:
Not Provided

Sammy came to us several months after his owner passed away.  He was self-mutalating his wing and had done some horrible damage.  For 16 months, we had vet visit after vet visit, and it would seem like we would get it to doing better, then he would start digging at it again.  But through all of this, he was the happiest, funniest and best bird.  On September 9, 2009, Sammy started digging in his side and hit an artery and bled out.  It was horrible.  I was devastated, but I think he was tired of all of the meds, the bandage changes and wanted to be free of it all.  I know he loved us just as much as we loved him and he was happy with us.  We miss him terribly and not a day goes by that I don't think about him.

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