“Doctor Google”

The veterinary profession has a somewhat sarcastic name for the pet based information found on the internet. Although used in humor, there is a lot of dangerous, inaccurate pet information out there and knowing how to sort through all of it is important. Today lets discuss a few ways you can sort poor pet information from the real deal.

  • Who wrote the article? Does the author have the credentials and knowledge to be informing you? There are a lot of opinions and stories out there for you to read, but a lot of them make statements that may not apply to your pets and carry more opinion than actual fact. Remember there is no editor for the internet!
  • BEWARE of articles or stories that bash or blame people. People who are out to damage the reputation of others are not likely focused on the facts you may be looking for. Be cautious accepting medical advice from a stranger who is angry at a pet professional instead of being concerned about the facts.
  • Just ask! If you have a pet care question of any kind you can always start with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian is there to answer your questions and help provide your pets with the best care possible.

Beware of blogs, individual breeder’s websites, or sites that are set up to sell a specific product line.

Some excellent sources for pet information include the Pet Health Library supported by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), VeterinaryPartner.com, Indoor Pet Initiative supported by Ohio State University, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and other sites supported by veterinary hospitals.

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