A gentle stimulant, supposed to act especially on the uterine system. Dose, 1/2 oz. It is given to cows in cleansing drinks, but it is of doubtful utility.
Astringent. Dose, 4 to 8 dr. [or 2 oz., Moiroud]. The decoction is used also as an astringent and cleansing lotion.
The quantity of blood usually extracted from the horse is from 2 to 4, or, in some cases, 6 to 8 quarts; or until faintness is produced. From cattle, from 2 to 6 quarts, or till faint. Sheep, 16 oz. Lambs, 4 oz. Dogs in the proportion of 1 oz. for every 3 lb weight. [Or 1 or 2 oz. from a very small clog; 7 or 8 oz. from a larger one. - Mr. Youatt.]
See Cantharides. Blisters are applied in the form of ointments, or liniments, to excite superficial inflammation, followed by vesication; and are intended to draw away inflammatory action from more deeply seated but not distant parts. Also to excite the action of the absorbents, and to promote suppuration. See Blistering Ointment, and Liquid Blister, in the Formulary.
See Copper, Sulphate of.
Slightly astringent, and absorbent. Dose, 1/2 oz. to 2 oz. in diarrhoea, bloody urine, etc. A common ingredient in drenches to dry the milk of cows. Dose, 1 to 3 oz. It is also used outwardly as an astringent and desiccative.
They are given, chopped with corn, as a vermifuge. They are also used as a preventive of hydrophobia. (See the Vet. Formulary, and " Hydrophobia "in the Index.) The rasped wood is considered sudorific, and prescribed in rheumatic and skin diseases, and even in farcy and glanders.
See Spirits, Ardent.
White briony root is poisonous. 1/2 oz. killed a dog.
Poisonous. 5 gr. killed a dog. Its medical use is not well ascertained, but appears analogous to that of iodine.
The Spanish broom, and particularly the seeds, are supposed to produce inflammation of the bladder in sheep and cattle.
Slightly laxative, but chiefly used to fatten poultry.
Purgative; principally administered to dogs. Dose of the juice, 2 or 3 dr.; but it is usually given in the form of Syrup. (See Medicines for Dogs, No. 8.) The berries are more active, hut seldom employed.