Question of the week: Is the internet a good resource for veterinary information?

Dog at computerThe internet has had a profound effect on how we gather both information and dis information. We depend on the web for so much these days, it’s hard to imagine how we ever got along without it. Whether it’s checking on the weather, getting directions to a location or keeping up on world news many of us consult the web daily.

Regardless, we should proceed with caution when trying to figure out what’s going on with a sick dog or cat. If you surf the web long enough you can find at least two different answers to one question! Which sites can you really trust? It’s not always an easy to tell what sites are reliable and which are not.

One of the sites we endorse is VeterinaryPartner.com. This site is a good resource for general veterinary questions. It may provide a starting point for concerns you have about what is going on with your pet. It is generated by an organization called VIN (Veterinary Information Network) which is a database trusted by veterinary professionals worldwide. The information is up-to-date and reliable whilst the same can’t be said for a lot of other websites out there.

The bottom line is that the virtual medicine and advice given online is not 100% accurate. It is always best to defer to your veterinarian when in doubt as they often have an established relationship with you and your animal. This collaborative effort between you and your pet’s doctor will provide the best route for safe and effective medical treatment.