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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’.

dan wertman
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
Sept 13 1995
Date of Death
July 7 2010
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we miss our puppy. i think he was the best dog ever and he was cute, really funny and playful.  I loved my puppy.(brittney)
He was the best,  always affectionate and loving. I am really going to miss him (Danny).
I miss my puppy dog.  He was my first baby. I would hold him and he would rest his head on my shoulder. Hope you are having a great time in Puppy Heaven! (Karen)
I miss my puppy harry he was a great pet the night before we put him down we read him harry the dirty dog (the book we got his name from) (Zach)

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