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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
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
April 18, 2008
Date of Death
Sunday March 28 2010
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Silly Lucilly was the most unbelievable rat and we were extremely lucky to have had her for almost 3 years.  She had a very shaky start to life but soon grew into a most treasured family member.  She will missed very much and seeing that she is irreplaceable, my ratty colony ended today.  I know you have reunited with Brutus, Pullo, Sammy and Dean (your mom and dad and  brothers).

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