These days, turning to the internet for answers seems as normal as breathing. However, things can get a little tricky when it comes to finding reliable online pet health advice. There are so many sources of information, conflicting opinions, and tons of websites promoting “miracle cures” in the form of retail products or recipes for home remedies.
Seeking online pet health advice can range from helpful to dangerous or even deadly. Because isolated symptoms can be indicators of many different health problems and much of what we read isn’t written by veterinary professionals, it’s important to know where to find credible information.
Finding Credible Online Pet Health Advice
The internet can be a wonderful tool when it comes to helping owners enhance their daily pet care routines. The team at BEEVET recommends the following reputable sites:
- Follow our blog for a wealth of information on pet health topics such as exercise, nutrition, grooming, dental care, safety, and so much more.
- Check out our Pet Health Library for even more resources or ask our staff for recommendations.
- Browse the websites of trusted veterinary care organizations like the American Animal Hospital Association (we’re AAHA accredited too) or the American Veterinary Medical Association.
When to Avoid Dr. Google
Certain symptoms need immediate medical attention. Skip the internet and head straight to us or the nearest emergency veterinary facility if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 12 hours
- Animal bites or injuries
- Bleeding from the eyes, nose, ears, or anus
- Fall from a height
- Car accident or other trauma
- Excessive panting/drooling
Play it Safe
It can certainly be tempting to seek online veterinary advice, but remember, no website can compare with the years of training and expertise of a veterinarian or veterinary professional. We will give you personalized advice based on your unique pet and needs. Always keep your pet’s safety in mind by taking their symptoms seriously and following up with appropriate veterinary care.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet.