We feel that a well-informed owner can make better decisions regarding their pet’s medical care. While the internet is an amazing resource for this, the information that you may find when typing your criteria into a search engine may not necessarily be medically accurate, trustworthy, complete, or even relevant to your pet’s personal health condition. Caution should always be used when searching for medical information on the internet. This is critical for both animal and human medical health information. With this in mind, we have compiled a few of our favorite trusted sites that we share with clients.
Portland Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Care
“PVESC” has an extensive library on specialty veterinary care from cardiology to specialized surgeries, and everything in between. A local and thorough source of up-to-date advanced medical information for your family pet.
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
In addition to a pet health library, you can learn how the AAHA guidelines impact your, your pet and your veterinary hospital. You can also search for accredited practices in your area or look up your pet’s microchip information.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
The AVMA’s pet pages are full of useful information for pet owners. Their pages will guide you through health-related questions on disease and preventative wellness or provide you with information on things to consider when purchasing or adopting a new pet.
National Canine Cancer Foundation
This site offers extensive information on several types of cancers and treatments. Their mission is to help eradicate cancer in pets through education, outreach, and research.
The Pet Health Network dedicates itself to making sure that you have current information about your pet’s health. The Pet Health Network is a veterinary authority on topics related to your pet’s health. Learn more about caring for your pet from their top veterinary experts.
With over 5,000 articles in their library, this site can provide you with a great overview of many different topics covering both wellness and diseases. Additionally, you can search by your type of pet, including dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and even your horse!
A great resource for someone whose pet is suspected of having cancer, or recently diagnosed with cancer.
This site was created with the goal of being able to provide you with up-to-date information regarding your pet’s health. It was established and is maintained by the veterinarians, and medical professionals of The Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an extensive and exclusive online resource for veterinarians.
Other things to consider
- Who is the author? Is it a medical professional that is supplying the information?
- How current is the information? When was the last time the site was updated?
- What is the goal of the website? Does it seem medically unbalanced or overly opinionated? Does it push you toward a certain product to purchase?
- Is the information logical? Does it make sense? Does it sound too good to be true? If so, it probably is!
While we encourage research, we also recommend you contact your veterinarian with any questions about information you may find pertains to your family pet. Sometimes inaccurate information is not only wrong, but it can also be dangerous. As an owner, you play a key role in your pet’s overall health, and we want you and your pet to have a long, healthy life together.
** Please note that Bath-Brunswick Veterinary Associates is in no way responsible for the information on the websites listed above. This list is compiled with only the intent of directing our clients to sites that we feel offer medically sound information. **