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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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Sep 9, 1998
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Dominic was truly man's best friend. He was adopted into a loving family in 1998. His best friend Jeff adored him. Dominic was a good boy, loved going to the Farmer's Market to be showed off, and enjoyed sticking his head out the window during car rides. One time when Jeff had to pick up exctra shifts at work and couldn't take him on his car rides, when Jeff finally got home, he escaped from the back yard, jumped through the window of the car and sat in the front seat -ready to go!!! He left us unexpectedly and did not suffer. We are grateful he did not endure pain at the end. Rest in peace Dominic...

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