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Dead or Limber Tail




Condition Overview

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 3 - 4 inches, then hanging limply.

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.


This occurs most often after a strenuous day of hunting or swimming - especially if the water is cold.


Diagnosis is made by evaluating physical symptoms.


Rest ans anti-inflammatory medications usually result in a normal tail in just a few days.


There is no current prevention for this condition.


Please contact your veterinarian with questions regarding this condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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