This section is from the book "Sporting Dogs. Their Points And Management In Health, And Disease", by Frank Townend Barton. Also available from Amazon: Sporting Dogs; Their Points and Management in Health and Disease.
For many purposes fomentations are superior to poultices, the chief difficulty being in keeping up the heat to the desirable standard.
A pad of thick flannel should be planned, and this soaked in boiling water, then wrung dry in a roller.
To assist in maintaining the heat, a piece of mackintosh sheeting ought to be put over the pad, and a dry flannel above all.
For difficult breathing, pain in the belly, or local pain, etc., moist warmth is exceedingly beneficial, and quite harmless under any circumstances.
In animals, it is a general custom to bathe the seat of disease with the hot water.
Perseverance is essential to success, and more harm results from hot fomentations applied in a half-hearted manner than where they are not used at all.