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Sunstroke In Horses

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During the hot inonths of summer, horscs that are severely workod and exposed occasionally succurub to the extreme heat, and becoine utterly prostrated. The alariuing symptoms ure suddenly developcd, but in genoral there are certain premonitory symptoms shown fot a day or two, as dulluess, loss óf' nppetite, a peculiar dryness of the skin, and, although tho hoise ia severeJy wrought, hu does not perspire as usual. A still eloser exaniination will detect a slow, weak pulse and hot mouth. The general symptoms are iinpaired voluntary motions ; the animal reels and staggers, the breathing ig stertorons, the surfaco of the body is cold ; he falls down and ia unable to iiBe, iu soine casos apparontly insensible, whilst in others he appears to experience considerable pain. In cases that terminate unfavorably, he will niake frequent ineffectual attempts to rise, pawing with his fore feet, and knocking his head violently on the ground, the pulse becouiing weaker and weaker. Wheuever a horse shows signa of being overcomo with the heat, he should be immediately released from work and placed in a shade orin acool box, his head should be bathed with cold water, and a stimulant should be administered without delay, such as sulphurous ether, nitrous ether, or some of the preparations of ammonia, woll diluted with cold water. In cases whero he loses complete power, great care is necessary in giving the medicine, and it is generally advisable to apply to the body, blankets wrung out of warm water, and at the same time bathe the head with cold water, or apply pounded ice to the poll. Whenever the patiënt shows signa of returning power, indicated by the pulse becoming stronger, and by the animal lifting his head and beginning to notice what is going on around him.endeavors should then be made to get him on his feet. Grive small quantities of cold water, and when he regaius sufticient strength, allow aim a smail bran mash. A horse that has uffured from an attack of sunatroke rejuires to be very carefully used for some time, until the system recovers from the severe shock to which it has been


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