This section is from the book "The Farmers Ready Reference Or Hand Book Of Diseases Of Horses And Cattle", by S. C. Orr. . Also available from Amazon: The Farmer's Ready Reference;.
Paralysis is called hemiplegia when one side is affected, and paraplegia when only the hind parts are affected; or there may be local paralysis, as of the lips, ears, or of the tail.
Symptoms - Loss of power in the parts affected; if only partial and the animal can yet walk, there will be unsteadiness of the limbs and weaving of the hind parts, or if of one side the animal will circle to the affected side. If it lies down there will be difficulty in rising, and as it increases the animal will be unable to rise. Paralysis of the lips, ears, or other local parts will be recognized by the relaxed and pendulous condition of the part.
Treatment. - If the case is of long standing treatment is not generally satisfactory. The bowels should be kept in good condition by giving soft food, and the animal (if grown) should have one drachm of nux vomica twice a day for a week, then the dose should be gradually increased a few grains each day until slight twitchings of the muscles are seen, but this should only be attempted by a competent veterinarian The spine should be rubbed twice a day till sore with the ammoniacal liniment. In local paralysis the liniment should be applied over the nerve which controls the part affected