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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:
Tracy and David Gardiner
City:
Port colborne
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
lab/shep mix
Date of Birth:
1993
Sex:
Male
Height:
26
Weight:
65
Coat Colour:
tan/black
Eye Colour:
brown

My name is Duke.  I am about ten years old.  My mom found me in traffic about 5 years ago, and thankfully she kept me.  I was a chunky monkey, and out of shape but people often think I am still a puppy now because I am so slim and trim.  I share a kennel  in the backyard with my brother Perry.  My mommy and daddy try to keep me in, but I cry to go out.  It is too warm in our house. I can see them from here though.  It is heated and very comfy.  Our dad takes us out for a run and a walk every single day.  That must be why I have retained my youthful figure.  I am a bit cranky, and I ignore my dad when he yells my name, even though I am just behind the hedge, he he he. I eat all the bread that the next door neighbor leaves for the birds, I can't help it.  I love my treats and to run for balls and frisbees.  I like to climb ladders, and will climb a playground slide and go down it.  I love it.  I also love to run on a leash beside my dad on the bike. I am a sooky baby for my mom, and I like it when she whispers to me that she loves me.  I am a happy dog.

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