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Dog - Madness

Dog - Madness




      

Dog - Madness


Dog - Madness.—The symptoms of madness are thus summed up by Mr. 1 Daniel:—" At first the (log looks ' dull, shows an aversion to his food , and company, does not bark as - usual, but seems to murmur; is peevish and apt to bite strangers; his ears and tail drop more than usual, and he appears drowsy; afterwards he begins to loll out his tongue, and froth at the mouth, his eyes seeming heavy and watery; if not confined he soon goes off, runs panting along with a dejected air, and endeavours to bite any one he meets. If the mad dog escapes being killed, he seldom runs above two or three days, when he dies exhausted with heat, hunger, and disease." Blaine describes this formidable disease as commencing sometimes by dullness, stupidity, aud retreat from observation ; but more frequently, particularly in those dogs which are immediately domesticated around us, by some alteration in their natural habits ; as a disposition to pick up and swallow every minute object on the ground, or to lick the parts of another dog incessantly ; or to lap his urine, &c. Aboutthe second or third day the disease usually resolves itself into one of two types. The one is called raging, and the other dumb madness. These distinctions are not, however, always clear; and to which is owing so much discrepancy in the accounts given by different persons of the disease. The raging madness, by its term, has led to au erroneous conclusion, that it is accompanied with violence and fury ; which, however, is seldom the case: such dogs are irritable and snappish, and will commonly fly at a stick held to them, and are impatient of restraint: but they are seldom violent except when irritated or worried. On the contrary, till the last moment they will acknowledge the voice of their master, and yield some obedience to it. Neither will they usually turn out of their way to bite human persons; but they have an instinctive disposition to do it to dogs; and in a minor degree to other animals also: but, as before observed, seldom attack mankind without provocation.

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.

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