Strangury, in farriery, is an obstruction of urine, that is sometimes occasioned by an accumulation of feces pressing on the neck of the bladder; In which case the treatment, stated under the article Gripes, may be advantageously adopted.
Should this disease arise from an inflammation of the parts, it will be necessary to bleed the animal in proportion to the urgency of symptoms; after which, Mr. TaPlin advises the following clyster to be injected, namely : - Take 3 pints of gruel, 2 oz. of nitre, 1 1/2 oz. of gum-arabic, and 4 oz. of olive-oil: let them be injected of a moderate warmth, and be retained in the body as long as possible. This remedy must be succeeded by a warm mash, consisting of 2 parts of malt and one of bran; but, in case the animal should not stale, the following balls may be administered, viz. Let 10 drams of Castile soap; 1 oz. of. sal-prunella ; 2 drams of camphor; 6 drams of pulverized aniseed ; and 1 1/2 dram of oil of juniper, be mixed with a sufficient quantity of syrup of marsh-mallows : these ingredients ought to be divided into two balls, one of which should be given six hours after the other ; and, if this first course does not produce the desired effect, the same dose must be repeated every 4 hours, till an evacuation be procured.
These balls are stated to be safe, mild, and efficacious; but, if a liquid form be preferred, Mr.TAP-lin recommends the following drink to be given, at similar intervals. - Let 2 oz. of bruised juniper-berries be boiled in 1 1/2 pint of water, till one half be evaporated ; when the berries should be pressed; and, after straining the liquor, one ounce of both, nitre, and gum-arabic, reduced to powder, are to be incorporated with the draught.
Another cause of strangury is an ulceration of the parts; which may be discovered by the animal's uneasiness ; and by an irregular discharge of the urine, that assumes a turbid appearance, being sometimes tinged with blood, and occasionally impregnated with membranous matter. In this case, Mr. TaplIn directs the following ball, or drink, as the only probable means of procuring relief. - Let 1 oz. of myrrh;
3 oz. of Castile soap, and a similar portion of Locatelli's balsam; pulverized aniseed and nitre, of each 2 oz.; and 6 drams of the balsam of Peru, be mixed with the syrup of marsh-mallows, and divided into 6 balls ; one of which must be swallowed every morning. - Or, 3/4 of a pint of gruel may be mixed with 3 drams of laudanum, and 1 oz. of pulverized gum-arabic, to which 1 oz. of nitre, reduced to powder, should be added
A spasm of the parts also produces strangury : where this affection is suspecled, the following balls should be given, and repeated as often as occasion may require. Mix 1/2 an oz. of Castile soap, 2 drams of nitre, similar quantities of resin, and of the compound powder of tragacanth, with 10 grains of opium, and 30 drops of juniper-oil.
Lastly, strangury is sometimes occasioned by a paralytic affection of the kidnies, in consequence of which, these organs cannot secrete the urine, and a total suppression ensues. The disease being internal, it can seldom be discovered at so early a period as to admit of efficacious remedies: the animal dies in a few days ; its body being un-commonly swelled, and covered with blotches.