When dogs get their feet sore from travelling, it is common to wash them with brine; but which is an erroneous practice. It is better to bathe them with greasy pot-liquor, milk, or buttermilk, and afterwards to defend them from stones and dirt, by wrapping them up. When the feet become sore from any diseased affection of the claws, the proper treatment may be seen under that head.
Simple fever seldom, if ever, exists in dogs. Inflammations of the principal organs of the body, as of the lungs, intestines, kidnies, bladder, etc, are very common : but pure fever does not occur, except of the specific kind, as the fever of distemper, and the fever of rabies, etc. etc.
Dogs are subject to piles, but the symptoms, by which the complaint shows itself, are by no means known as such, although they are not very dissimilar to the human haemorrhoids. Piles are brought on by confinement, heat, and heating food; and show themselves by a sore red protruded anus, which the dog aggravates by dragging it on the floor.
Piles are frequently the effect of" costiveness. Diarrhoea will also often occasion tenesmus, which may readily be mistaken for piles, the anus appearing red and sore. In such a case, to effect a cure the looseness must be restrained, and the sore anus may be anointed with the ointment directed below, omitting the tar.
The habitual piles will be greatly relieved by the use of the following ointment:—-
Take sugar of lead
half a dram.
Elder oinment, or fine lard
Mix, and anoint the fundament with it two or three times a-day. To keep down the habit towards the disease, feed moderately on cooling food, exercise sufficiently, and, as long as the disposition to it is considerable, give daily one of the following powders :—
half a dram.
Milk of sulphur
Divide into nine, twelve, or fifteen doses.