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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’.

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In 2003 we got a kitten from a friend who said he was dropped off on his door step and he couldn't keep him so we took him. We got him looked out by the vet and found out he was 6 weeks old. He was very adventurous and loved to play. At the time we had my other cat Mufasa and at first they didn't get along because he wanted to play with her and also bugged her alot so they didn't get off on good term for about 2 years. Like mufasa he was also alllowed outside once he hit a year old. his first few months he was catching mice,moles,birds and by two years old he was catching baby and adult rabbits it was amazing i had never seen any of my cats ever catch a rabbit not even my previous cat smiba who mysteriously disapeared. The bad thing about patches being an outdoor cat however was he followed me where ever i went. i was going to meet a friends up the street and had to cross at the lights nad patches followed me all the way so i had to turn around and walk all the way back home with him then put him inside and told my parents not to let him out till i was out of sight. He sure was a trouble maker. In 2006 three years after getting patches he got lucimia and i had to make the difficult choice between medicine that had less then a 50% cahnce of working or put him to sleep. When i went to go and see how he was doing before i made the choice he was in horrible condition he couldn't even lift his head. So i made the choice to put him to sleep because he was in so much pain. I was 3 when he was uthanized.

He was a beloved and treasured cat and will never be forgotten

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