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Dead Tail (Limber Tail) in Dogs

This condition has been seen in Labrador Retrievers, Pointers, Setters, Foxhounds, and Beagles. The dogs will hold their tails totally limp or out away from their body three to four inches, then hanging limply. Most often this occurs after a strenuous day of hunting or swimming-especially if the water is cold.

Dogs may act as if the tail is painful. It appears to be a sprain or strain of the tail muscles and nerves after working much harder than usual.

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Treatment: Rest and anti-inflammatory medications usually result in a normal tail in just a few days.

WebMD Veterinary Reference from "Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook"

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