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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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Golden Retriever
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Nov 23, 2006
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November 23, 2006-September 13, 2014

Nugget was the dog I waited 25 years for. He was our puppy, my "fuzz-bucket", our gold Nugget. He was loyal and affectionate. He always had to be at our feet or at least in the same room close by. He loved running around the yard looking for the rabbits and squirrels. He loved to be brushed and always feel asleep during it. To have him in our lives for only 7 years just wasn't enough time.

He was born with a heart murmur and was the smallest of the litter. The vet had to work on him for almost an hour to get him to breathe. He was a fighter and he made it through a few health issues in his short life. But generally he was a very happy and content dog.

In the last couple months of his life his appetite disappeared. He wouldn't eat much, so we switched his food a few times thinking he was being picky. He would eat for a couple days and stop again. We brought him to the vet because he was breathing quickly. We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn that his heart was enlarged and it could not be reversed. He had fluid in his lungs and his temperature was below normal. He was given a diuretic to get the fluid out of his lungs, allowing us to bring him home for one more night so our son could say goodbye.

We spent the night petting and talking to him, telling him how much he was loved. He had to be carried up the stairs because his back legs had no strength. We made him as comfortable as possible in his last hours.

When we returned to the vet to have him euthanized he was not alone. We stayed with him until the end. He knew he was loved and would be forever missed

RIP Nugget puppy. We will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.

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