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Pet Tip

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:
June Gibson
City:
Ardrossan
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Type/Breed:
Golden Retriever
Date of Birth:
October 8, 2002
Sex:
Female
Height:
26
Weight:
75
Coat Colour:
Strawberry Blond
Eye Colour:
Brown

Sadie was a rescued pup from the SPCA who has warmed our hearts with her wonderful sunny personality.  She enjoys chewing rawhides, bones, corn on the cob, yogurt containers and pop bottles (which she just spits out, thank goodness).  And as any good retriever, she enjoys playing fetch and trying to carry things for me.  But that is not as much fun as chasing light!  Any light or reflection of light that moves she is obsessed with.  She will follow it to the ends of the earth, if required.  I only wish I knew how I could channel that into something constructive.   I must admit that her slow wet kisses shows how she treasures her master and mistress.

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