The internet, aka Google, is a device that many of us turn to for immediate answers. In fact in recent years the phrase ‘Googled’ is associated with answering questions from directions, food menus, and news trivia. Google has become this other entity that has allowed us easy, ready to find information with just a few simple strokes of a keyboard. While Google has advanced many millennials and even baby boomers ability to locate information, it’s all about how the material is interpreted and applied.
As a veterinarian, I definitely recommend a few websites for owners to use for information that are all ‘Googleable.’ Those include general websites that discuss specific pet ailments and preventative guidelines such as Pet Health Network, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and American Association of Feline Practitioners.
All of the aforementioned groups are collaborative groups of veterinarians and animal health professionals providing information to owners for the betterment of their pets. Collectively, every veterinarian wants pet owners to be involved in their pet’s health; however, using Dr. Google to diagnose and treat pets at home can unfortunately lead to pets not receiving the most appropriate care in a timely manner. Thus being proactive and having open communication when you and your pet are visiting your veterinarian yields the most beneficial health outcome!
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