Pet Care Resources
Want to learn more about a particular medical condition? Aren't sure if what you've heard is based on fact or fiction? Take a look at these educational articles on a wide variety of veterinary topics to learn more. You'll also find links to reliable, trust-worthy sources from around the veterinary community.
We know you love your pets—and you know that panicked feeling when you think something might be wrong. Why is he whining? Why is she limping? Is he in pain? Is this something serious? What should I do?
We all want answers fast so it’s tempting to look for clues online. You must always remember that any source, no matter how reliable, is not a substitute for your veterinarian.
Seeing your veterinarian about an issue your pet is having is the best way to care for your dog or cat. Without examining a pet and carefully questioning an owner, the advice given over the Internet could be inaccurate and potentially life threatening. Online health “remedies” could be ineffective, costly, or even dangerous. Although many pet owners are experts in their pets’ day-to-day routines, favorite activities, foods, and toys, they are not experts in their medical conditions. It is not uncommon for a pet owner to make misdiagnoses and ask questions or take actions based on said misdiagnoses.
For instance, asking a pet store employee to recommend a shampoo for a “stinky dog” may miss the real problem. Often, the dog’s problem is not a “stinky” body, but a painful—and smelly—ear, skin or dental infection that needs to be treated by a veterinarian. Veterinarians are trained to identify the many causes of a problem that is noticed by a pet owner, make an accurate diagnosis, and communicate the treatment options.
If you have questions about something you read on the Internet, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian, an expert who is truly invested in the health and happiness of your pet. It’s what we were trained to do. It’s why we went to school. It’s why we get up every day. It’s why we become bonded to our patients and clients, grieving and celebrating with them, throughout a pet’s life.