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Medicines which act on the secretion of urine are called diuretics. They are either employed when the kidneys are sluggish, to restore the proper quantity; or to increase it beyond the natural standard, when it is desired to lower the system.

Diuretic bolus :

40.— Nitre, 5 to 8 grains.

Digitalis, grain.

Ginger, 2 or 3 grains.
Mix with linseed meal and water, and give all or part, according to the

size of the dog.

Diuretic and alterative bolus :

41.-Iodide of potassium, 2 to 4 grains.

Nitre, 3 to 6 grains.
Digitalis, $ grain.

Extract of camomile, 5 grains.
Mix, and give all or part.


These external applications, otherwise called liniments, are extremely useful in the dog, for strains, or sometimes to relieve muscular inflammation, or chronic rheumatism of the joints. Mustard, ammonia, laudanum, and turpentine, are the chief agents employed.

Mustard embrocation :

42.-Best mustard, 3 to 5 ounces.

Liquor of ammonia, 1 ounce.

Spirit of turpentine, 1 ounce.
Mix into a thin paste, and rub into the part affected.

Embrocation for strains or rheumatism :

43.-Spirit of turpentine,

Liquor of ammonia,

Laudanum, of each } ounce.
Mix, and shake well before using, then rub in.


Emetics are very commonly used in the diseases of the dog, and sometimes act very beneficially ; but they have a tendency to weaken the stomach, and should therefore be used with caution. If not frequently resorted to no harm is likely to accrue, as vomiting is almost a natural process in the dog.

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Common salt emetic: 44.- Dissolve a teaspoonful of salt and half a teaspoonful of mustard

in half a pint of tepid water, and give it as a drench.

Strong emetic:

45.–Tartar emetic, 1 to 3 grains. Dissolve in a tablespoonful of warm water, and give as a drench ; fol

lowing it up in a quarter of an hour, by pouring down as much thin gruel as the dog can be made to swallow.



The action of these remedies is to promote the flow of mucus, so as to relieve the congestion of the air passages.

Common cough bolus :

46.— Ipecacuanha in powder, 1 to 12 grain.

Powdered rhubarb, 1 to 2 grains.
Purified opium, i to l grain.

Compound squill pill, 1 to 2 grains.
Mix, and give night and morning.

Expectorant draught, useful in recent cough:

47.-Ipecacuanha wine, 5 to 10 drops.

Common mucilage, 2 drachms.
Sweet spirit of nitre, 20 to 30 drops.
Paregoric, 1 drachm.

Camphor mixture, i ounce.
Mix, and give two or three times a day.

Expectorant draught for chronic cough:

48.-Friar's balsam, 8 to 12 drops.

Syrup of poppies, 1 drachm.
Diluted sulphuric acid, 3 to 8 drops.
Mucilage, 2 drachms.
Paregoric, 1 drachm.

Campbor mixture, i ounce.
Mix, and give twice a day.


These medicines reduce fever by increasing the secretions of urine and perspiration, and by reducing the action of the heart to some extent.

Common fever powder :

49.-Nitre in powder, 3 to 5 grains.

Tartar emetic, à grain.
Mix, and put dry on the dog's tongue every night and morning.

More active powder :

50.— Calomel, i to 13 grain.

Nitre, 3 to 5 grains.

Digitalis, i to 1 grain.
Mix, and give once or twice a day, in the same way; or made into

a pill with confection.

Fever mixture :

51.- Nitre, 1 drachm.

Sweet spirit of nitre, 3 drachms.
Mindererus’ spirit, 1 ounce.

Camphor mixture, 6 ounces.
Mix, and give two tablespoonfuls every six hours.


Are extremely useful in the dog, who is very liable to constipation from want of exercise, and in that case is mechanically bound. A pint of warm water, in which some yellow soap has been dissolved, will generally have the desired effect.

Turpentine clyster in colic:

52.-Spirit of turpentine, į ounce.

Castor oil, 1 ounce.
Laudanum, 2 to 3 drachms.

Gruel, 1 pint.
Mix, and throw up, using only half or one third for a small dog.


Otherwise called Washes, are intended either to reduce the temperature in inflammation of the surface to which they are applied, or to brace the vessels of the part.

Cooling lotion for bruises :

53.—Extract of lead, 1 drachm.

Tincture of arnica, i to 1 drachm.

Water, à pint.
Mix, and apply by means of a bandage or sponge.

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