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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’.

Juanita Beary
Oil City
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PA, United States
Dacshound/chihauhua mix
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Hi my name is Wiennie! I just got a new home today with my new owners. They are so wonderful people. They have other dogs for me to wrestle around and even cats too. I like it here very much.I have all kinds of things to chew on now and toys and bones and my own bed dont have to share with anyone anymore!. I dont like being by myself to much right now  I dont know where anything is. I have a lot and lots of food to chow on yummy yummy.

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