Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Hadley, F. B.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 57: how to care for sick animals PDF (945.2 KB)
with diarrhea. In winter it is good practice to warm the drinking water. Under no circumstances give ice-cold water to sick animals. Most animals can be trusted to drink all the water they want without harm, provided they are not overheated. A separate watering pail should be kept for use in the sick stall to prevent contagious diseases from spreading to other animals in the stable. GIVE DAILY EXERCISE No one thing is more valuable than exercise. It causes free circu- lation of the blood through all parts of the body. It should always be moderate but given daily unless the patient is suffering from a dis- ease accompanied with high fever, when better results will be had from absolute rest. Exercise in a small yard or at the halter gives an oppor- tunity for the animal to get a supply of fresh air at the same time. Denied exercise, even the most robust animal sooner or later loses health. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OF VESTRINARIAN Now that a graduate veterinarian is within call of most farms, he should, as a rule, be consulted whenever an animal gets sick. His direc- tions should be followed closely, otherwise the prescribed treatment is likely to fail, for medicines are dependent upon proper care and are incapable of accomplishing a cure when not supported by the things outlined in the foregoing paragraphs. Remember that even a slight change for the worse may forerun serious trouble, so should be reported promptly to the attending veterinarian. He will often find it desirable to change the medicine or prescribe additional drugs for the support of the animal. SUMMARY The essential points mentioned above may be summarized by stat- ing that the animal mechanism must be given intelligent care, good quarters, suitable protection, proper food, pure drink, and daily exer- cise to be in the best condition to ward off and recover from disease. ,.
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