What’s New in the World of Antibiotics?

By: Dr. Scott Dee Greetings from Pipestone! I am sorry I haven’t written for a while, but I am busy learning how viruses travel the globe in contaminated feed (really) and how we can try to prevent our pigs from getting sick in the first place!…Anyway, I had a chance to do a little reading…

Antibiotic Resistance Myth Busters

By: Dr. Carissa Odland Often we are so overwhelmed with information being shared – through main stream news, social media, and conversations with friends or co-workers.  It can be challenging to decipher what is true versus a myth.  As a veterinarian and mother of two young children, I recognize the importance of getting the facts…

GOOD NEWS: Antibiotics still work in pigs!

By: Dr. Scott Dee I recently read an interesting article in the Journal of Swine Health and Production (May-June 2017) entitled “Antimicrobial susceptibility of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Streptococcus suis and Bordetella bronchiseptica in the United States and Canada, 2011-2015”. The article was written by Michael Sweeney and others and featured teams from Zoetis and…

Managing Antimicrobial Resistance: What Do We Know and What Do We Do?

By: Dr. Scott Dee The topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is both confusing and controversial. It seems that a day doesn’t go by without the opportunity to read a new article, blog and/or a social media posting. Unfortunately, most of these publications attempt to scare us rather than educate us. In addition, many of these…

Have You Heard the News?

By: Dr. Scott Dee What an interesting morning! I spent a few hours catching up on all the articles recently published in various periodicals on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This was no easy task due to the vast amount of coverage that this topic is receiving, be it in scientific publications, trade magazines, blogs, websites, social…

Responsible Antibiotic Use from Families to Farms

By: Dr. Carissa Odland Emma, my 4-year-old daughter, recently had what I suspected was an ear infection – then she started having drainage out of the ear, which has been typical for her.  Ear infections are typically caused by viruses so I did not think it was necessary to take her to the doctor.  We…

Tracking antimicrobial resistance: Are we measuring correctly?

By: Dr. Scott Dee I read a recent publication, written by Hong and others from the University of Minnesota (Serotypes and antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella enterica recovered from clinical samples from cattle and swine in Minnesota isolates 2006-2015, PLOS One). The research team evaluated trends in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across Salmonella isolates sourced from the…

Carbapenem-resistant bacteria found on pig farm: What does it mean?

By: Dr. Scott Dee A publication from Ohio State University recently reported the detection of bacteria carrying carbapenem-resistant genes on a pig farm in Ohio, which immediately became big news in the popular press. Carbapenems are known as the “last resort” antimicrobials. While it is an interesting observation from a project (which basically collected samples…

Antibiotic resistant bacteria recovered from a cave?

By: Dr. Scott Dee I recently read a paper published in Nature Communications that reported the recovery of a bacterium that was resistant to 18 different antibiotics, despite being isolated from a cave untouched by the outside world for greater than 4 million years. The bacterium, Paenibacillus sp. was recovered 1000 feet underground in Lechuguilla…

Detective Dee On the Antibiotic Resistance Case

By: Dr. Scott Dee The topic of antimicrobial resistance has been peppered in the media channels over the last several years.  The fact that 23,000 people die every year from antimicrobial resistance is definitely one that has caught people’s attention – whether it’s consumers, farmers, veterinarians, doctors, or researchers. Being in research is like playing…

Farmers and veterinarians share a deep-rooted passion for taking care of their animals.

By: Dr. Carissa Odland As a veterinarian and mother of two young girls, my husband and I decided to get some sheep to help teach our daughters about caring for animals.  The same basic principles of animal care apply whether you have 15 sheep in the old “naturally ventilated” barn or you have 2,400 pigs…

United Nations to Discuss Antibiotic Resistance – How Will You Respond?

By: Dr. Carissa Odland The United Nations will meet for two weeks in September in New York, gathering governments from all over the world to debate issues of global importance.  The threat of resistant bacteria will be the only topic on the agenda of an all-day “high-level meeting” taking place September 21st.  To put that…

Antibiotics in the meat supply: Residues vs. Resistance

by: Janeal Wyn Yancey from Mom at the Meat Counter Antibiotics in the meat supply: Residues vs. Resistance There has been a lot of news coverage and proposed legislation lately calling for the banning of antibiotic use in farm animals. People can get very frightened when we talk about antibiotic resistant bacteria or antibiotics in…

Responsible Antibiotic Use

Responsible Antibiotic Use What comes to mind when you hear the word “Antibiotics”? The media is crawling with content about antibiotics these days. For consumers – there is a growing concern about bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and sometimes these concerns are coupled with the use of antibiotics in livestock. At Pipestone, we take these concerns…