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    Anyone ever experienced this with your lab? Sometimes referred to as 'cold tail'. I noticed my labx just in the last couple of days has not wagged his tail as much. When I give the sit command, he tries to sit but comes back up as though he has a tender behind. I originally thought anal gland problems as he has been a behind licker before. But on his last vet visit for routine shots(9/1/10), I asked the vet to express the glands and he said they looked fine. His poops has been firm and I have been adding a little fiber to help express the glands naturally.

    I took him for a swim and hike last Thursday and the next day is when I noticed the tail not wagging as much. Just wondered how common of a problem this is? According to the link, if it is a 'limber tail' issue, it should clear up in a few days. I guess I will give it another day or so to see if it does before heading to the vet. Oh yes, he has had a normal appetite and walks normally. Doesn't seem in pain other than not completing the sit command.

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    Yep, Sammi had it once about 2 yrs. ago. If I remember right it lasted about 5-7 days. Your pup will be fine but boy don't they look pathetic without that wagging tail

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    All three of my girls have had cold tail. Usually after swimming. They do look pitiful. With rest, it usually clears up in a few days.

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    Belle had cold tail a couple of times in her younger days. Sometimes an aspirin will help.


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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like he is beginning to come out of it. Wagging better today, but not 100%. No swimming this week and will see how it goes. Seems happier though.
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    It's very painful. Just let him alone for a few days and he should be fine.



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    I have seen it a lot. To me, it is sort of like a "shin splint" in the base of the tail from sudden overuse. A lot of non-competitive dogs get it the first weekend of duck season when they swim a lot more than they normally do for a couple of days chasing ducks. Usually, 3 or 4 days rest and an aspirin or vet approved anti-inflamatory the first day and they come right out of it.
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    Go to your whole foods store and get some Arnica. It is a very safe and effective homeopathic anti inflammatory drug that helps with pain too. Arnica is used to treat sore muscles, bruises, and other conditions caused by overexertion or trauma.

    I have seen cold tail from overexertion more then anything else. It's like a 'sprain' if you will of the tail. Dogs that dock jump are prone to it but it isn't from the water but from their tail slamming against the water time after time.

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    Yep Timber had that once when she was younger. Once was enough as it was very painful. It went away nicely after a few days.

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    My chocolate lab, Fletcher, had an episode of limber tail after swimming when he was 18 months. He found happiness in a pond on a brisk fall day and would not come out. We hosed him off when he got home and took him to the apple orchard with us to dry off. They did not allow dogs so he had to wait in the jeep. Thus we had all factors known to cause it: swimming, cold temperature/water and confinement after. We have been able to avoid it since and give him buffered aspirin after long swims even in summer.

    Fast forward to age 4 and last week Fletch had his third witnessed seizure( each 8 months apart and fairly mild. He had an appointment for later this week with a vet neurologist but today I noted the limber tail again after a very restless night last night. They were kind enough to move us up to this morning. He had no know precipitators lately. It has been hot, but we have not let him swim until we get a doggie life vest (the seizures leave him immobile and I shudder to think what would happen if he had one while swimming). This vet specialist knew her stuff, but was puzzled by the rarity of what was going on. She said it is very painful for them and gave us Tramadol, a strong narcotic type drug for moderate to severe pain. She was not a fan of using aspirin at all. I hope this was just a fluke but would be curious if any other lab owners have had non-exercise related events.

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