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Old 05-23-2012, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't believe believe how similar all bassets are from reading all the threads- emily's tail was drooping on friday when we came home and by Sunday it was back to normal. Any ideas? She had me worried, I could bring her to the vet every month if my husband would let me
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at the base a few inches fron the base and did she have a bath or extra exerction on friday

see Cold Tail, Dead Tail, Limber Tail

Limber Tail Syndrome
Suspect “limber tail syndrome” if your whippy-tailed dog stops wagging.
syndrome seems to be caused by muscle injury possibly brought on by overexertion, says Janet Steiss, DVM, PhD, PT. Steiss is an associate professor at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and coauthor of the 1999 study on limber tail that pinpointed the nature of the muscle damage. Researchers used electromyography (EMG), imaging, and tissue testing on dogs affected with limber tail and concluded that the coccygeal muscles near the base of the tail had sustained damage.
The muscle injury of limber tail is characterized by a markedly limp tail, which can manifest in several different ways.
“You can see varying degrees of severity,” says Dr. Steiss. “The tail can be mildly affected, with the dog holding the tail below horizontal, or severely affected, hanging straight down and looking like a wet noodle, or anything in between.”
In some dogs, the tail may stick out a couple of inches before drooping; others may exhibit raised hair near the base of the tail as a result of swelling. Depending on the severity of the injury and the dog’s tolerance to pain, some animals – like Lucky – may have difficulty sitting or lying down. And many dogs reduce or eliminate wagging entirely, probably due to soreness.
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