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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’.

Lisa Leger
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Labrador Retriever
Date of Birth:
April 13, 2001
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I am very energetic. I Love to carry around pillows and will lay it down for my head to sleep on. I retrieve anything that is on the floor and I hope to get a treat for my efforts.

Little ol'e me, sleeps with my belly up and legs stretched up to the ceiling. When the morning alarm goes off, I wake up Mommy and Daddy with big kisses. They get cranky at me if it's the weekend because I wake them up too early. Don't they realize I like to eat early on the weekends too!

The most cherished moment for me and my handler was when I won high-in-trial at an obedience dog show. I proudly picked up my winning ribbon and left the ring on my own and showed all my friends. I'm such a big show-off.

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