At the ethics event this evening, Dr. Trisha Dowling talked about the emergence of resistant bacterial infections in animal patients and the potential hazards this can cause to pet owners. The increasing occurrence of both MRSA and MRSP in both human and animal patients has become a serious concern. To combat antibiotic resistance, veterinarians, physicians, producers, and the general public all have important roles to play. A link to the CBC news story, Bacteria getting the upper hand in antibiotic arms race, is posted below. We would love to here your thoughts on the topic of antibiotic resistance. Are we headed for the post-antibiotic era?
At our ethics event this evening, Elad presented on some dilemmas around the public perception of food animal production. This discussion centered around hormone implants in beef cattle but was also expanded to include other controversial aspects of food production. The following video is the new ad campaign put out by A&W. Feel free to share your thoughts and if there are any animal production practices you are curious about, just ask!
At this evenings ethics event, Dr. Meili presented a thought provoking case about a physician who worked the system to benefit patients. In this case, the physician prescribed special diets to patients on social assistance to enable them to get a ‘special diet allowance’ to supplement their income. While the patients benefited from an increase in their income level, the physician was also benefiting by billing for this service.
While the ethics of this practice is debatable, it is a fact that there is a correlation between poverty and poor health. This correlation is illustrated well in Gary Bloch’s TED talks appearance: If you want to help me, prescribe me money. Feel free to check out the video and we would love to hear any thoughts you have on either the case study presented by Dr. Meili, or the broader topic of poverty and health. Visit Poverty Costs to learn more about the latest upstream initiative in Saskatchewan.
One of our past speakers, Dr. Kate Hodgson, discussed her research on including a “pet query” as part of a persons regular physical exam. What benefit do you think this would bring to the patient or the patients’ family? What are some of the concerns or difficulties that may be encountered when trying to implement this practice? Would this benefit the health of the pet in any way?
For those of you that were unable to attend this event, or for anyone wanting to read more on the topic of zooeyia, Dr. Hodgson’s paper is provided below.