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Chorea-I have a hound which has distemper, and while he appears to be cured of it, the disease appears to have left him weak in the hips. What is wrong with him and what can I do to cure him?

The disease is what is known as chorea, but from what you say I believe that our dog has got it in a very mild form. A number of remedies for this disease were given at one time in the H-T-T. A bad case of the disease is incurable, but in the milder cases are said to yield (slowly) to the following treatment: Make forty-eight pills form the following; Strychnine. 1 grain; quinine 18 grains, extract of belladonna 6 grains; extract of gentian 1 drachm; powder for compound rhubarb pill I drachm; mix very carefully and divide into forty-eight pills. This should be done by a chemist. For a 20-pound dog,-give one pill twice a day with his food. This makes a dangerous poison and must be used intelligently. The dog should be well cared for and laxative foods should be given. If there are any symptoms of worms the dog should be treated for these parasites first. An electric battery is sometimes beneficial, as it helps to restore strength to the afflicted parts. It is said to require a months treatment before any satisfactory results may be expected.

I own a 12-month old beagle bitch hound; about three months ago she had distemper; she is now well, fat and in good condition, but she has the jerks which I understand often follows distemper. I am told by owners of fogs who claim to know that there is only one possible cure and that is to breed her and the only sure cure is to kill. I hate to kill her for she is well bred and is already well trained on rabbits. Now, when she is asleep I cannot notice that she jerks any, but when awake lying or standing her head and body jerk upward at every beat of the heart. I shall be very grateful for any information on the cause and cure of this ailment.

The ailment you describe is “chorea” and one of the hardest afflictions to cure that befall the canine race. It usually follows distemper if not properly treated at the time with an efficient remedy. You case does not seem to be a bad one at all and should yield promptly to Haberlein’s Tonic Pills or others advertised. One pill given night and morning for about two weeks. Some lean raw raw beef (about ¼ pound) each day should be given during that time also. Fats and potatoes should be avoided. Fresh milk in full measure is to be recommended. Only moderate exercise must be allowed till fully recovered. Dogs should be kept dry-not bathed or allowed out in rainy weather. Rubbing the affected parts by bare hand for five minutes at a time twice a day by bare hand for five minutes at a time twice a day will have beneficial effect to allay the nervous ailment.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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