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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 Excerpt: ...is much the same as in nephritis. But in addition to such treatment, it will probably be necessary to relieve the retention of the urine by other means. Those means and also the chief signs of retention of the urine will be detailed in the succeeding paragraphs. 328. Retention of the Urine.--In the majority of colic cases the patient suffers temporarily from retention of the urine, owing to spasm of the neck of the bladder. But otherwise the disease is not common in the horse. It may, however, arise from inflammation of the neck of the bladder, or from calculi in some of the urinary passages, or from want of tone, or from the bladder becoming overdistended with urine, as may some times happen when horses are driven a long distance without stopping, or in the case of animals who will not stale out of their own stables. Retention may also take place in peritonitis, on account of the pain which it gives the animal to use the abdominal muscles in expelling the urine, and also in tetanus. In s»me cases, especially in prolonged diseases, retention is caused by an accumulation of dCbris and dirt about the orifice of the urethra. The symptoms of retention of the urine are great uneasiness, distress and anxiety of countenance, colicky pains, and straining. The pulse is not at first much affected; but if relief is not soon obtained, it becomes quick and hard, and ultimately imperceptible. The patient will frequently stand stretched out as in the act of straining to void urine. He will lie down and rise frequently. Clammy sweats will break out over him. In the last stage the pulse will entirely sink, and the animal may have a little ease before dissolution takes place. In the early stage any doubt as to the nature of the affection may be removed by putting the ha...
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