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Do You Have Limber Tail Syndrome?

By on Apr 29, 2015 in Health and Fitness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | 0 comments

This weekend my wife and I took my dog on a 3.5 mile hike around Town Lake here in Austin. He’s a Catahoula Leopard Dog which is a hunting/working dog. He typically gets a daily walk of a half mile in the neighborhood to a full mile if he talks me into going through the park. He’s a very strong dog for his 65 lbs. and is typically “up for anything” physical even though he’s never had a Bud Light. The walk around the lake was uneventful and we decided to give him a shower outside on the driveway when we got home. A little while after his shower my wife noticed that his tail was down. To be honest, that’s something that I’ve never really paid any attention to and wouldn’t have noticed had she not pointed it out. He was also sort of letting out this old man groan when he laid down which seemed kind of unusual for him being only 3 years old. I’d heard it before about 2 weeks ago after I’d taken him for the same hike around the lake and didn’t really think it was anything to worry about. My wife was far more concerned than I about his tail being down and unbeknownst to me decided to do a little research on the World Wide Web/Information Super Highway. Well, it turns out that my dog Steve, was suffering from Limber Tail Syndrome. “What?” It’s a condition that happens to hunting and working dogs who over exert themselves while doing things beyond their level of conditioning. It could be something like a walk that’s longer than usual, as in my case, running with your dog if they’re not used to it or letting your dog frolic in the water for an extended time at the beach. What happens is the muscles at the base of the dogs tale become inflamed and painful from over exertion. This prevents Rover from flying his flag. The remedy is to just let your dog rest. An anti-inflammatory may be in order but probably not necessary. Most dogs will recover from this in 2 days to two weeks. Just so you know, many vets aren’t familiar with this and will want...

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