This term is applied when there exists an inflammation of the upper end of the gullet at the back of the mouth. The malady has already been spoken of in connection with inflammation of the larynx; but it also occurs as an independent disorder.
Causes. Besides those already spoken of as being due to specific fevers and disorders of the upper air passages, it may be due to cold, exposure, dampness, direct irritation, or by irritation due to a disordered digestion.
Symptoms. =Swallowing is difficult, is sometimes accompanied by coughing, during which the chewed food is forced back into the mouth and through it outward, while the fluids are thrown out through the nostrils. There is no fever or interference with breathing, unless there is also some inflammation of the larynx.
Treatment. In many cases the condition remedies itself, if the animal is allowed a few days of rest. If the condition continues without alteration for three days, the parts had better be blistered as recommended for sore throat. If fever is present, the entire treatment should be that of laryngitis.
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