Reliable Pet Health Articles and When Dr. Google Becomes Involved

By November 15, 2016Uncategorized

With the internet at our fingertips it is easy to believe we are or can be experts on any topic we desire within a matter of minutes.  Search engines like Google have revolutionized the way we attain information.  Want a recipe to impress your guests?  Google.  Trying to squeeze in a movie but don’t know what time it starts or how long it lasts? Google.  Why is Kitty Whiskers urinating outside the litter pan?  Maybe Google will know?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

While there are many reliable sources of information provided, there are some equally unreliable sources with no medical science behind their claims.  We encourage pet owners to stay in the know about their pets medical history and we encourage them to obtain that information from one of our 6 Doctors or a trustworthy source.  That is why we have our online pet health library.  From broken bones to behavioral bugaboos, our extensive library has you covered on getting quality information quickly.

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In the health field, obtaining information can quickly turn into replacing diagnostic testing with guessing at pet problems.  We lovingly refer to this as “Asking Dr. Google.”

It is important to definitively understand what is happening with our pets and procedures such as radiographs, blood work, urine testing, etc. give us the scientifically accurate data to move forward with remedying our patients.  No amount of internet searching can replace the information we obtain with these diagnostics.

While your patient may be exhibiting certain symptoms, there can be a multitude of reasons as to why they are doing what they are doing.  Treating a patient based on the symptoms they are showing without knowing why can have dangerous consequences.

For example if a furry friend comes in and is having some discharge from his/her eyes, we will likely opt to stain the eyes.  This will reveal any ulcers in the eye.  Why is this important?  It changes the way our Doctors will treat the the pet.  Steroids no longer are on the table as they would suppress the pets immune system and delay healing of the ulcer we discovered from the stain.

This is just one example of a situation where diagnostics not symptoms predicate the course of treatment for our furry friends.

While it is never a bad thing to be knowledgable, more often than not even the best search won’t replace the specific information your pet’s diagnostics show us.  We always recommend calling any of our locations and verbalizing what has been happening with your pet.  Google is a powerful and in certain situations very useful tool, but simply cannot replace actually taking a look at your pet and running those tests to accurately diagnose and treat your furry friend!

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