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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’.

Andre & Cher Lorent
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
German Shepherd
Date of Birth:
July 1, 1992
Coat Colour:
Black & Tan
Eye Colour:

I am 10 year olds and some say very distinguished. My human is very attached to me and I take him to his job every day. I have been known to sulk somewhat,if I am left at home for any reason.
I used to earn a living by guarding and herding horses but I am retired from that now and just concentrate on my human.
I also live with my 4 year old daughter, Cleo. She is still very rambunctious, but she knows who is alpha dog.

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