Well, most of the time.
As a reminder to all of us who have water-loving dogs of any kind, I'm re-posting the informational blog entries I've run here before on the condition known as "Limber Tail Syndrome" or "Cold Water Tail" or "Limp Tail" or "Broken Wag" or "Flaccid Tail Syndrome" (it goes by various names).
Often unknown to veterinarians (until we educate them), this condition can scare the bejeebers out of pet owners whose beloved canines suddenly develop wagless tails (yes, the tails just sadly hang off their hind-ends like limp noodles). The bases of the tails are often tender to touch and quite uncomfortable for the dogs.
The condition is temporary, though painful, brought on by exposure to cold water.
Rather than rewrite everything here, I'll just supply the links to my previous entries.
- Here's the first I wrote about it, when Ridge developed Limber Tail in July '05: Limber (Flaccid) Tail Syndrome
- Here's a follow-up I wrote when Kenya (our beloved wiggle-butt!) developed the same in February '08: Lab Endurance and Broken Wag
Just so you know, every one of our labs, except little Chessie of course, has developed Cold Water Tail at one time or another. Some, a couple of times.
All rebounded well and without complications, most within 2-3 days (Ridge was our longest at about 5 days).
And (another fyi) the information I posted about this syndrome, by far, generates more traffic to LabTails and more comments than any other subject about which I've written.
It's a common problem. Given the current season, a timely one, too.
I hope it helps!
'til next time,