10 Websites Your Vet Wishes You Knew About

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“I found something on the Internet...”

This is a phrase veterinarians hear frequently, and it freezes us in our tracks for one of two reasons.

The Internet can clue people in to new information from the rapidly advancing veterinary world, and when that happens — when pet owners find educational, reliable and useful stuff online — I want to give those clients a high-five. When pet owners feel empowered to do research on their pets’ behalf, we make even better headway together.

However, when a pet owner stumbles upon bad information, it can be a headache for everyone involved. Erroneous or misleading websites can create confusion, encourage false hopes or even lead to an owner making dangerous mistakes regarding a pet’s treatment.

So where can you find helpful, trustworthy information online? There are probably hundreds of great websites out there, but here are the top 10 that I recommend to pet owners — along with Vetstreet, of course.

1. The Indoor Pet Initiative. This website is supported by The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It uses the most up-to-date science to educate both veterinarians and pet owners, with a specific focus on creating an optimal environment for your pet to thrive.

2. Pets & Parasites. Looking for information on parasites such as hookworms, coccidia, heartworms or anything else your cat or dog might acquire? The Companion Animal Parasite Council has you covered.

3. Winn Feline Foundation. The Winn Feline Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports research into improving the lives of cats. It has a wealth of information on cat health on its site, some of which is based on research its grants have supported.


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