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Quarter Evil

Category: Diseases and their Remedies

In some sections of the country, this disease--known by the other names
of black quarter, and joint murrain--is quite common among young cattle,
and is generally fatal in its termination. There is little or no warning
of its approach. The first animals in a herd to be attacked are
generally those in a full, plethoric condition.

Symptoms.--The joints suddenly become swollen, and so painful as to
produce severe lameness, particularly in the hind parts. General
irritative fever exists in the system, attended with great tenderness of
the loins; the head is poked out; eyes red and bulging; the roots of the
horns, as well as the breath, are hot; the muzzle dry, and nostrils
expanded; pulse rises to seventy or eighty, full and hard; respiration
is hurried; the animal is constantly moaning, and appears to be
unconscious of surrounding objects; the swelling of the limbs extends to
the shoulder and haunch; the animal totters, falls and dies in from
twelve to twenty-four hours.

Treatment.--Early bleeding is requisite here, to be followed by active
purgatives; after which, give one of the following powders every half
hour: nitrate of potassa, two ounces; tartrate of antimony and
pulverized digitalis, of each one and a half drachms; mix, and divide
into eight powders. These should not be renewed. Cold linseed tea should
be freely given.

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