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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:
Cheryl Carlson
City:
Pebble Beach
Province, Country:
Not Provided
Type/Breed:
himalayan
Date of Birth:
10/1999
Date of Death
5/22/2010
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
9.5
Coat Colour:
seal point
Eye Colour:
blue

To Max

(aka: the furry slug, romper stomper, mr. maxwell, maximilian, maxi-taxi, the taxadermist, baba, my sweet, my little guy, maxwellian of the north, sweet pea, maxwell p. carlson...)

     Thank you for being part of my life.  I was so fortunate to have you - you were always there for me & you gave me strength during my tough times. We had such a strong bond - I always felt like we knew exactly how each other was feeling.  I will forever miss your adorable personality (how purred & kneaded your beloved furry blankets, how you nuzzled into the crook of my elbow when I held you, how you'd sit on top of my head when you were a kitten & I was on the computer, how you always begged for food, how you would roll onto your back & stretch-out, whenever you slept in your wrought-iron bed, how you loved to be outdoors, &, the one & only time you willingly jumped into the cute feather-trimmed carrier I got for you - on your own!).You were my closest companion  over the past 10.5 years & you will be forever missed!

You were the best gift I ever received, little romper stomper!

With love, always! Blessings, beautiful one!

-Cheryl

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