PERITONITIS. This disorder proceeds from the quick removal of a horse into a close stable, having previously enjoyed the benefit of good grass, air, and free exercise; it may also originate from excessive high feeding, in order expeditiously to restore a horse to flesh that has been in a debilitated and emaciated state; it may likewise arise from an injudicioususe of corrosive sublimate in the attempt to drive a cutaneous disorder into the bowels. This class of the disease is discoverable by the following indications: excessive lowness of spirits, unusual lassitude, slight dysenteric affection, restless in the stall, breathing and pulsation quick, appetite reduced, film of the eye inflamed and red, and, if proper remedies be not at this critical stage of the disorder immediately applied, the pulsation becomes rapid, and violent dysentery ensues, accompanied by severe costiveness, the horse stools but little at a time, and his urine is of a deep red colour; at last the poor animal, overcome by cruel torture, dies distracted and exhausted. The first remedy in this case is, copious bleeding, even to fainting; doses of castor oil should also be given every alternate hour, and clysters of warm water and castor should also be thrown up, until a copious discharge has freed the bowels, and removed the dysenteric action.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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