Distemper-Long Standing-Can a dog be cured of distemper of long standing? Will another dog contract the disease from him? What is the nature of distemper and its cause?
Distemper will generally yield to proper treatment, and the dog will recover from it, but I am not sure that there is any positive cure for the disease. There are a number of remedies on the market which are said to be good and some claim they will cure the disease I fit is not too far advanced. Anyway, good treatment will help and whether one of these distemper cures is used or not the dog should be carefully treated. Put a flannel coat on the dog and keep him in a warm, well ventilated room. Bathe him occasionally, and if any sores appear, wash them with some disinfecting lotion. The food must be light and nourishing, and it is a good idea to give a light physic before beginning treatment.
If you don not sue one of the distemper preparations try the following, which is recommended by Dr. Daziel, an authority on dog diseases: Two drams chlorate of potash dissolved in two and a half ounces of water, to which add one ounce Mindererus spirit, two drams spirits of nitre, and two drams tincture of henbane. The dose for a twenty-pound dog of six months is a tablespoonful in water every six hours. For an older dog or a larger dog, give a larger dose.
Of course, you know that there are different forms of distemper, named after the place in which they are seated, such as head distemper, etc. If the dog has fits and twitching of the limbs add to the above mixture eighteen drops of tincture of aconite and the same quantity of solution of strychnia. These two drugs should be increased in the mixture, more added, gradually, until after a week you are giving three times as much of them. The dog should be well cared for a long time after he has apparently recovered and should not be exercised much.
Distemper is caused by a species of bacteria which are transmitted from some other dog suffering from the disease. If spontaneous origin of life is impossible as most scientists claim, then distemper as well as all other germ diseases such as well as all other germ diseases such as rabies, diphtheria, etc., can be developed in no other way. Anyway we know that distemper is contagious and you should keep other dogs away from the sick one, also be free with the use of disinfectants.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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