Posted on 03-21-2018
Everyone uses the internet for research on a new topic. We do to! But there are a few things to remember when using the internet to ensure that you are getting safe and accurate information.
- Anyone can write an article and have it posted on the web, but for accurate medical details you need to be sure the advice comes from a veterinarian. The best places to search are .org, .edu, and .gov sites.
- Even when you find an article from a veterinarian, find a couple more. It is always best to have several sites and articles with the same information from various trusted sources. High-quality material often features citations of original studies or other articles.
- If there’s new and groundbreaking information, professionals will present the new facts in a way that doesn’t make anyone seem wrong. Be skeptical of any advice that tells you your veterinarian is doing something to hurt your pet.
- Beware of catchy captions and information that feels like a tabloid headline. If the information seems incredible, listen to the alarm bells that sound in your mind.
- Information on the internet often isn’t peer-reviewed or run through any approval process, but veterinarians are bound to uphold professional standards and have reputations at stake. They are less likely to jeopardize their medical licenses by spreading untrue rumors or recommending unneeded services.
- If you have a question about something that you read on the Internet, never hesitate to call us! We are happy to explain why we make the recommendations we make, and we’re able to make suggestions specific to your pet.