CHILL, GASTRITIS, ASTHMA OR DISTEMPER ?.
MY dog Teddy did not feel well. He refused his food, looked depressed, had a very dirty tongue, his eyes were full of mucus he sneezed a lot, and wheezed slightly. Two nights previously, when it was raw and damp, he had broken open the door of his kennel and might have become chilled.
There was a distinct possibility of gastritis, his wheezing made one think of asthma, and as he had a temperature and as all mucous membranes were inflamed, there was the possibility of distemper. An exact not need a pathological diagnosis. He acts upon symptoms.
Aconite is an excellent normalizer of temperature, and a princely chill medicine, while Arsenic has a wonderful effect upon inflamed mucous membranes and bronchies, and it is a good stomachic. In large quantities it causes inflammation of mouth, stomach, bronchies, etc.
I gave Teddy in alternation doses of Aconite 3x and of Arsenic 3x. a dose every two or three hours, and kept him in a warm place because of the possibility of pneumonia. The two medicines rapidly brought his temperature down and improved hid condition, but the wheezing became much worse and when I took him out for a few minutes he had to stop owing to wheezing bouts which almost prostrated him.
Besides he tried to vomit. The indicated remedy for asthma with nausea is Ipecacuanha, described by Dr. and Mrs. Wheeler on another page. I gave Teddy a few doses of Ipecacuanha 3x. In two days he was perfectly normal and on the hills. He joyfully rushed backward and forward during nine hours and covered at least a hundred miles. Homoeopathic treatment of dogs and human beings is infinitely superior to the orthodox treatment.