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The close connection between intestinal conditions and the nerves was well illustrated by one of the Editor’s Smooth Fox Terriers.
In this case, the smooth Fox Terrier insisted upon eating some refuse with lead acetate in it. Within an hour the poison had affected the dog’s intestines. The dog lay on his back, eyes shut, four feet in the air; his two hind feet began to shake violently and continued so.
The dog was taken up, massaged briskly, and given a large dose of mineral oil. Fifteen minutes later the Fox Terrier vomited considerably and a few minutes later the mineral oil had passed thru him. Before long he was on his way to normal, tired and anxious to sleep.
The Editor’s first impression was that the dog would soon be down with running fits; every symptom indicated this. However, there were only slight convulsions and the emission of the stomach and bowel contents soon relieved the intensity of the condition.
Mineral oil is a safe, quick, harmless internal cleaner for dogs as well as humans. There cannot be an overdose of mineral oil. Its action is mechanical; it simply passes thru; mineral oil is a passenger and not dog food.
Castor oil is the old, reliable internal cleaner and physic but it has some dangers and some weakening effects due to its constituent drug.
For general toning of the internal tract, olive oil can always be recommended; it is a food and tends to lessen irritation. For cleansing quickly and safely, mineral oil, not a food, can be recommended for the dog.
Excerpted from Dog World magazine, February 1929, Vol. 14. For back issues of Dog World, click here.