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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’.

Darlene Morin
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ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
July 18th, 2001
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I love to sleep in my owner's bed on top of the duvet.  I am quite spoiled with many, many toys and a large fenced in enclosure to play in.   My favourtie toy is my laser light which I chase for hours.   I love cats.  Unfortunately, the one cat that likes me does not live with me.  I do not like little dogs or horses. I like to watch television.   I sleep, eat, and play for most of the day, but 'squirrel watch' in my sparetime. I also chase my shadow everyday however, I never catch it. I enjoy going for walks at night, but my favourite activity in running in the bush.  My owner loves me more than anyone else, her husband thinks she loves me more than she loves him, which is just fine with me.

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