Pet Health Info

Pet health info is easier to come by today than at any other time in history. We live in the information age,and as I hope you all realise, that has both benefits and pitfalls!

Most pet owners or potential pet owners look for pet health info on the web in order to address or understand a pet health problem their pet may have.

The best part about this is that, given the right information, people are more likely to make an informed decision about the problem and hopefully act accordingly in the best interests of the pet.

But I'm afraid in many cases, the old adage "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing" holds true.The problem of course is that, especially on the internet, there is no regulating what people publish as genuine pet health info.

I don't believe that many individuals publish erroneous or misleading pet health information on purpose. They simply don't look at the broader picture and/or take into account the complexities of a living organism.

Let me give you a simple example. You go away for the weekend and on returning find that your dog has a bald patch just in front of where the tail joins the body.What you see is a SYMPTOM of the problem. The CAUSE, that is the problem you need to correct, could be a number of things - a flea allergy, impacted anal glands, an irritating tick bite etc etc.

Now comes the (potential) problem. In looking for pet health info on the problem that confronts you, you face a number of possibilities.

1) On the internet, the keywords you put in to search for information determine the results you get. Your description and the results returned may not have much relevance to the actual problem.

2) The really potentially "dangerous" outcome is where your search finds someone who has seen this problem, tried treatment "X" and had brilliant results. The problem here is that as I have pointed out, a SYMPTOM can have multiple, unrelated CAUSES, and so the chances of treatment "X" working for your situation is greatly reduced.

So what do you need to take into account when looking for pet health info on the internet?

1) The source of the information. Aunt Mary's blog post should be viewed with more sceptism than say a veterinary hospital website.

2) Corroborate the information by checking several sources.

3) Use your common sense. Uncle Finkelstein's secret flea recipe should not be your first line of defense against anything, never mind fleas.

4) As soon as possible seek professional advice from a veterinarian.

The availability of pet health info on the internet should mean better awareness and health care for pets. Unfortunately the opposite is often true due to misdiagnoses and incorrect treatments being carried out due to the inappropriate searching for and interpretation of the pet health info available on the web today.

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