26 Sep '11, 9pm

Doctors should pause before asking patients to give up pets

I was asked recently, as a medical doctor, to advise a woman who adopted two cats nine years ago, which have given her much joy and are both healthy. However, her allergy has worsened and her doctor recommended that she give up the cats. A fortnight ago, I visited a patient in her home, where there was a Maltese dog that her son-in-law adopted two months ago from a couple who just had their first child. A doctor had advised the couple to give up the dog "or the health of the child will suffer". Two years ago, I bought a Maltese dog from a family who kept it in a small playpen in the kitchen for four to five years because a general practitioner had blamed the dog for causing the runny nose of their first grandchild. I wonder how many pets have been given up or confined to a small area on the advice of doctors and how many pets have ended up being euthanised or abandoned on ...

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