Working with the Veterinary News Network, Sleuth the Reporter Dog has the luxury of getting some pretty solid advice when it comes to his health care. Unfortunately, far too many pets have owners that rely on the Internet when it comes to animal health information. What can you do to help make sure you are looking at a good and trusted site instead of someone out to sell you something?
1) When searching for animal health information online, look for sites that have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who either writes or oversees the content going onto the site.
2) Even though other animal “experts” are out there, often their skills are in breeding, training or other aspects of animal care. When they cross over to discussing medical issues, there can be serious consequences for the pet.
3) The state veterinary medical association has a good website with lots of pet owner resources and their Facebook page is also a fun and active place to get good advice. Nationally, HealthyPet.com from the American Animal Hospital Association is another great source.
4) When looking for a veterinarian, many people will turn to online review sites, like Yelp.com or Angie’s List. In fact, almost 80% of people trust online reviews as much as personnel recommendations.
5) If you choose to use a review site to find a veterinarian, look for sites that provide a balance of good and bad reviews as opposed to all of one or the other. Also, find sites where the business has been reviewed at least ten or twelve times.
6) Read beyond the words in the reviewer’s posting. Is there really a problem with care or service or have emotions and a focus on money obscured the real issue?
7) Look at the profile of the reviewer. Do they review many businesses or was this a onetime posting? In some cases, individuals can make a living posting positive reviews and also use the exposure to promote their own products or services.
8) Whenever you have questions, ask us first. We are here to make sure that you and your pets have access to the very best in care.
9) Sites like MyVNN.com can provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.