Dog - Inflamed bowels.—Dogs are very subject to inflammation of their bowels, from costiveness, from cold, or from poison. When inflammation arises from costiveness, it is in general very slow in its progress, and is not attended with very acnte pain, but it is characterised by the want of evacuation and the vomiting of the food taken, though it maybe eaten with apparent appetite. In these cases the principal means to be made use of are the removal of the constipation by active purging, clysters, and the warm bath. Calomel with aloes forms the best purge. But when the inflammation may be supposed to arise from cold, then the removing of any costiveness that may be present is but a secondary consideration. This active kind of inflammation is characterised by violent panting, total rejection of food, and constant sickness. There is great heat in the belly, and great pain; it is also accompanied with great weakness, and the eyes are very red. The bowels should be gently opened with clysters, but no aloes or calomel should be made use of. The belly should be blistered, having first used the warm bath. When the inflammation arises from poison, there is then constant sickness, the nose, paws, and ears are cold, and there is a frequent evacuation of brown or bloody stools. Castor oil should then be given, and clysters of mutton broth thrown up, but for this misfortune or accident there is no certain alleviation or remedy.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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