Distemper-Can you tell me a good sure cure for distemper and a good way to prevent it?
No. All that I can advise is that you keep your dogs in as good physical condition as possible and away from other dogs which are likely to infect him.
Here is a recipe: A lump of copperas half as large as a man’s thumb, one tablespoonful of castor oil, to each dog. To give: Take a piece of fat meat large enough to hold copperas, hold the dog’s mouth open and push it down his throat to prevent it getting on his teeth, mix the sulphur with grease so he will eat it; the oil can be given in milk. Repeat the next day if dog is not better or later if necessary. I have a good deal of experience with dogs and I have never lost a dog or had one damaged by distemper.
Several times I have seen the request for a cure for distemper and have not seen an answer to it yet. I have a remedy that I have never known to fail, and I have used it a number of times. Take an onion, chip it fine and force it down the dog’s throat. Give one onion a day, and three onions will usually be all that is needed.
Distemper in dogs. Ball bluing given in mild is good. I know of six cases cured in this neighborhood and one failure. Add bluing to milk the same as to water for laundry.
I see that some one wanted to know of some remedy for dog distemper and I will send the following tow that I know have been tried and found good.
1. Take polk root and wash and scrape clean and then slice this and fry in lard and give to dog all he will eat as a dose.
2. Calomel, one dose followed by a dose of castor oil. As to the dose of each, ask your druggist, he will tell you.
I don’t know that I have a sure remedy but have never known a dog to die or even left in bad shape that the following remedy was used on and have seen some pretty bad cases cured with it. Take a good handful of mullen leaves and make a good strong tea of them and put a half saucerful in a pint of sweet milk three times a day. I have never seen a dog but what would show improvement by the second day, writes a dog man.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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