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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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Shyloe was given to me at six weeks old, he was God-sent.  If ever there are angels walking this earth he was one.  Shyloe went to school and was well educated in protection and obedience.  He  was with us for 12 years and I so loved.  He didn't think of himself as a dog he thought he was human and went everywhere with us, mostly me.  I wouldn't go anywhere without him, he was my best friend and is so missed. I know he's in heaven and still protecting me from up above.  But I can't help but miss him.  We did everything together. Shyloe I want you to know you will always be in my heart and everyone you touched  loved  you.  Thank you for your companionship, unconditional love and your loyality. We love you and miss you dearly.  God be with You! 

                        Love Your Owner---Shirley






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