things every vet should know
Micotil is an macrolide antibiotic used to treat respiratory disease in cattle. However, the drug can be fatal for humans due to its cardiotoxicity. Several deaths have been reported after (accidental) auto injection of Micotil. It has a negative inotrope effect on the heart which leads to tachycardia and eventually arterial hypotension.When using Micotil, you should always keep the following in mind…
- Never work alone when using Micotil.
- Do not walk around carrying a filled syringe in your pocket.
- Do not use any automatic injection devices.
- When an accidental injection does occur, immediately call your physician! Keep a cold pack on the injection site, to slow down absorption.
- If intoxication occurs, avoid propanolol and other beta-adrenergic antagonists.
The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. It may one day come to be recognised that the number of the legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog, is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day or a week or even a month, old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
— Jeremy Bentham, in a footnote on animal welfare (1789)