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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:
Bee and Mary Truong
City:
Tustin
Province, Country:
CA, United States
Type/Breed:
Toy Poodle
Date of Birth:
02-14-1990
Date of Death
12-15-2002
Sex:
Male
Height:
10
Weight:
5
Coat Colour:
Chocolate
Eye Colour:
Brown

Magic was our best friend. He was filled with un-ending love and energy, and he always made us laugh. His eyes and personality were so human-like that we would sometimes catch ourselves waiting to hear responses from him that were educated, English sentences. My sister and I loved Magic so much!!! Magic...we'll miss you...and we will meet again my friend!!!

your Bee.

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