Where practicable it is desirable to keep up the temperature of the stable by artificial means rather than overload the patient with clothing, which may become a burden and annoyance if he is not accustomed to it. Exception may be taken to this in cases of pulmonary congestion, where a pure cool air is desirable. Here the surface warmth must be kept up by rugs, bandages, and hoods. The clothing chosen should be light and warm, frequently changed, shaken, and, if necessary, dried before replacing it. All clothing worn by an animal suffering from a contagious disease should be well washed and disinfected, after which it may be dried in the open and then baked.
With a few exceptions elsewhere mentioned, the sick horse should have an abundant supply of pure water, which should not be warmed as is sometimes done by allowing it to stand in the stable, but, if the season is such as to require it, by adding to it some that has been artificially heated. Horses will seldom drink water that approaches the temperature of the animal body, and when the word "warm" is mentioned, a temperature of about 80° Fahr. is understood.