Distemper-Symptoms and Cure
Distemper-Symptoms and Cure-How does distemper affect a dog, and how can it be cured?
Distemper is supposed to have originated in France, and is a contagious disease, very likely to prove fatal. The symptoms are variable. The first noticeable symptom is a dullness of the eyes and a lack of activity. The dog loses his appetite, and shows a decided preference for a high temperature, usually selecting the warmest place he can find to rest. The symptoms which follow are feverishness, thirst, hot dry nose, chills, deranged bowels, scanty and high-colored urine, vomiting, a water discharge from the nose and eyes, coughing and sneezing. Sometimes the eyes get very sore. Under this disease the dog loses flesh rapidly. These are the general symptoms, but as there are different forms of the disease, according to where it is most strongly seated, the symptoms vary. It would require too much space to go into detail regarding the treatment. The disease is hard to treat successfully, and the treatment varies as the case requires. I do not know of any sure cure, although I hear of such occasionally. Various distemper cures are on the market, but I know of nothing regarding their effectiveness. The following mixture is probably one of the best remedies: Chlorate of potash, 2 dr.; Mindererus spirit, 1 oz., sweet spirits of nitre, 2 dr., tincture of henbane 2 dr., water, 2 ½ ounces. Dissolve the potash in the water, then add the other ingredients. The dose for a 20 lb. dog, six months old, or thereabouts, is a tablespoonful in water, every five or six hours, until the feverish symptoms disappear. The dose should be gradually increased, so that if it is necessary to treat the dog a whole week, the amount should be trebled in that time. Before treating with this mixture a proper laxative should be administered, and the animals bowels should be acting freely before treatment is commenced. Good care of the dog during this disease will usually accomplish more than medicine, but, of course, proper nursing is not alone sufficient.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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