Medicine: B, for Fits

Crouching, howling, blind-running, wall-climbing are symptoms of running fits, or fright disease in dogs. Although fits, unlike rabies (a deadly virus disease), cannot be transmitted from dogs to human beings, the convulsions are so alarmingly violent that more than 100,000 innocent dogs with fits are destroyed every year. Last week in Veterinary Medicine, scholarly Dr. John W. Patton of East Lansing, Mich, published an illuminating report on the cause & cure of fits.

Several months ago, said Dr. Patton, a worried dog owner consulted him about the howling and staggering of his sturdy, thoroughbred dogs. Dr. Patton found that ten days before,...

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