Oxen are subject to this form of disease, particularly during the summer months, when turned out to graze on pastures. I think it is produced by eating some irritating plant, because I am acquainted with several localities of pasture land where cattle are always attacked with this disease during the summer months. During the first stage of the disease but few symptoms are present, the appetite remains good, rumination goes on as usual, and no deviation from health is observed, except the urine looking yellow or a yellowish brown; perhaps this state continues for a week or ten days, when the appetite begins to fail, rumination is suspended, the animal is dull, heavy, inactive; separates itself from its companions and lies coiled up, there is loss of flesh. particularly at the flanks, the whole skin is of a dirty yellow colour, the urine soon becomes dark brown or nearly black, and is emitted in a dribbling stream.
REMEDiES: Aconite, Bryonia, Cantharis and Ipecacuanha.
Aconite may be give when there was feverish symptoms Dose. Six drops every three hours until better.
Bryonia is very useful in the beginning of the disease, and where a small quantity of urine escapes as the animal moves about, diarrhoea.
Dose. Ten drops night and morning.
Cantharis is indicated when there is violent straining, evidently attended with pain.
Dose. The same as directed for Bryonia.
Ipecacuanha is indicated for frequent scanty emissions of turbid red or brown urine without much straining, diarrhoea.
Dose. Ten drops three times a day until better.
After the disease has continued for some time, there generally comes on an obstinate constipation, which is sometimes difficult to overcome. Nux vomica, must be given first, followed by Opium and Platina, in very obstinate cases.
Dose. Ten drops every night until relieved.