Dog - Fits.—Dogs are peculiarly subject to fits. These are of various kinds, and arise from various causes. In distemper, dogs are frequently attacked with convulsive fits, which begin with a champing of the mouth and shaking of the head, gradually extending over the whole body. Sometimes an active emetic will stop their progress, but in general they prove fatal. Worms are often the cause of fits in dogs; they deprive the animal wholly of sense; he runs wild till he becomes exhausted, after which he gradually recovers, and perhaps no recurrence takes place again for some weeks. Confinement produces fits and likewise costiveness. Cold water thrown over a dog generally removes the immediate attack of fits; and, for their prevention in future, the preceding explanation of causes must be attended to.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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