Reliable Online Sources of Information About Pet Health
By Rachele Baker, DVM – Many people search online for information about pet health issues to find potential diagnoses and treatment options for their pet before (or instead of) a visit to the veterinarian. As a veterinarian, when I talk with pet parents during their veterinary hospital visit, it is not uncommon for people to tell me what they think their pet’s problem might be based on what they have read online.
I wholeheartedly support people becoming educated about their pet’s health, but unfortunately sometimes people obtain misleading or inaccurate information about pet health online. Before reading an online article about pet health, it is essential to find out if it is written by a reliable authority on the subject. If there is an author’s name on the article, click on their name to read their bio (if provided). If the article does not have an author listed, then check to see if the website is maintained by veterinarians, veterinary professionals, or veterinary organizations.
I would like to share with you some wonderful sources of reliable information about pet health written by veterinarians and veterinary professionals for you to consult the next time you are searching for information about pet health. Click on the name of each site to go directly to their webpage.
This website has a search box where you can type in a keyword to find articles written by veterinarians and veterinary professionals on almost any subject. These are illustrated articles written especially for pet parents.
The AVMA also has a Recall Watch Twitter Feed: @AVMARecallWatch
This is an online service established by Dr. Rebecca Remillard, a board certified veterinary nutritionist, that provides customized recipes for healthy pets and pets with medical conditions as well as nutrition information articles for pet owners.