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“Peculiar” Sick Spells

“Peculiar” Sick Spells


“Peculiar” Sick Spells

“Peculiar” Sick Spells-Will some one tell me what was the matter with my dog. Of course this is always the way-write after the dog is dead. But advice may come in handy, for I have six dogs left. Now, getting down to business: My dog was a fox terrier and ever since I got him he would suddenly be taken with peculiar sick spells. They never lasted over three or four days. He lost flesh rapidly and gained the same. Just a few days ago he took sick. I thought it was one of his old spells, so did not pay any attention to it, till finally he became so poor I got worried. I live five miles from any experienced person who knows anything about dogs, so did not know what to do. He would not eat, but would drink water. His throat seemed very sore for he swallowed hard, and his eyes burned with a feverish glitter, but he seemed in no pain. He lay all day breathing regular, but he never for an instant closing his eyes. He also had dysentery. He was cold through. When I picked him up he lay stiff in by hands. His heart beat rather slow. I thought by his eyes he had fever, I gave him a dose of aconite, but this did not stay in his stomach long enough to do any good. Towards evening he breathed harder and died very quietly.

Presumably intestinal parasites, most likely tapeworm. The peculiar sick spells you describe fit the usual symptoms in cases of tapeworm. For the benefit of dog owners generally the more pronounced usual tapeworm symptoms are given as follows: Bloated abdomen, harsh coat, staring on back and skin eruptions; falling of hair; dry hot nose; hacky cough, irregular appetite; diarrhea, varying to constipation; frequent vomiting; slimy, blood-stained stools; pale gums; bulging eyes; convulsions; fits; twitching of muscles in sleep; refusal of clean food and hunting up something nasty to devour lustily; white flakes clinging to surface of solid feces, which are segments of the worm and an unmistakable sign. It should be understood, however, that not all of the enumerated symptoms appear at any one time in any case and that any portion of them will suffice to determine the case.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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