Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

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Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

Postby MSparks909 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:20 am

Have a 3-4 year old yellow lab male. Rescued him from the shelter in May 12', so my best guess is he's 3-4. Excellent dog, a real pleasure to train and hunt with. Last year, he was the go-to dog and consequently had to hunt several times per week. I noticed he began to get cold tail roughly once a week during the brunt of the season. I did my best to give him time to rest and allow his tail to return to normal. Once it was, he was back in the blind again.

Hunted him for the first time this past Monday. Was a quick and easy Woodie hunt and he retrieved 8 birds. Yesterday morning I noticed he had cold tail yet again. I feel bad for the dog and I was wondering if it's normal for a dog to get cold tail this frequently? In this case after the first hunt (for him) of the season in a small swamp? I've read that cold tail can be a result of over-strenous exercise. My pooch is very healthy and I work him 3-4x a week and also take him on 1-2 three mile jogs per week if I have time.

So, do your dogs get cold/limber tail often? If so, what measures can you recommend to limit the frequency of this in the future? He has the rest of the week off and this weekend. Not going hunting when it's supposed to be 70 degrees on Saturday :fingerhead:
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Re: Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

Postby Duckdon » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:20 pm

I have 3 dogs and have never had the problem. Sorry, no help here. Don
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Re: Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

Postby Force Fetch » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:36 pm

909, some dogs are more prone to cold tail, but a good preventative is to let the dog run and dry off before you kennel him for the ride home, it has worked for me and a couple of buddies with their dogs. Wayne
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Re: Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

Postby MarkM » Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:31 pm

http://www.ducks.org/hunting/retriever- ... imber-tail

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Re: Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

Postby Duckbusterkerr21 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:37 pm

I agree with force fetcher after each retrive let the dog shake off and get some what dry and put him back in the blind. My do got it bad this year so I took him to the vet and the gave him rimadyl which is a pain and inflammation medication that is very inexpensive and it speed up the recovery and put his pain at ease. It's pritty common with labs.
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Re: Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

Postby bakerloo » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:36 pm

Mine got it on an 84* day last month. We trained all day doing long water and land marks. So, I don't believe that temp plays any factor.
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Re: Do your dogs get cold/limber tail often?

Postby copterdoc » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:45 pm

Some dogs are more prone to it than others.
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