People who backed the conspiracy theories were less likely to rely on a family doctor. Instead they looked to family and friends, the Internet and celebrity doctors for their health information.
This spills over to veterinary care as well. I can think of several instances where an owner didn’t trust what we said because of something her breeder or Dr. Google told her. And those are the ones who still come to us. I had to leave one pet message board because I kept seeing the opinion from several different posters that veterinarians and their staff prefer to keep pets sick. They think that things like vaccines, heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative and dentals make their pets sicker and therefore serve only to put money in our pockets. Infuriating, right?!? I tried to argue sense but you can’t fix stupid. I mean, what costs more a DHPP vaccine or parvo treatment, a basic dental prophy or multiple extractions, a box of Frontline or hospitalization for flea bite anemia?
Armed with nothing more than her personal vendetta against vets, some unverified information from a discreditable source, tunnel vision, poor reading comprehension and spin, Catalano was able to sway her followers into believing she had a convincing case against a veterinarian, based on nothing more than an allegation coming to her thousands of miles away from where she resides.
The newest post on the Ban the Veterinary Abuse Network blog is a chilling recounting of just how Julie Catalano convinced her minions to attack Dr. Koshi. Anyone with the slightest sense of perspective can see that this woman and her allies need to be held accountable. This is not behavior that should be accepted in a civilized society.
This article pretty much sums up everything I’ve been trying to say to the “vets are greedy” crowd. I wish I’d written it.
“All canine patients with acute kidney injury should be tested for leptospirosis,” he says. “If caught early, leptospirosis responds well to antibiotics, but if not, serious and sometimes fatal disease can quickly follow.”
Because leptospirosis is zoonotic, families with infected pets should be careful handling the urine of these animals, Bandt added.
This is so sad. I was fortunate enough to work at a shelter that had the foresight and funds to vaccinate and quarantine pets on arrival. I should probably stress that we were selective in the animals we took in and also had a well-oiled fundraising machine behind us.
My heart goes out to the shelter workers.
For many the word “fatwa” took on ominous tones in 1989 when Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death threat against Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The Satanic Verses.
But the fatwa itself is merely a call to action. Invoking passages from the Koran, the fatwa is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
The fatwa requires Indonesia’s 200 million Muslims to take an active role in protecting and conserving endangered species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, and orangutans.
from National Geographic