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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:
omy319
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Province, Country:
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Type/Breed:
Persian
Date of Birth:
Feb 1, 2003
Date of Death
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Sex:
Male
Height:
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Weight:
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Coat Colour:
White
Eye Colour:
Gold/Brown

You came to me when Helen didn't want you. I fell in love with you my sweet boy. God knows I tried to keep you healthy and happy. Miss you very much and hope you didn't suffer too much in the end.
You are in my heart always and up in heaven with Punky and all my kitties that I loved. R.I.P. Mushy.

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