Quarter Evil

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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