Posted on May 23, 2011 | Comments 0
Would like to find some information on a certain topic? Google it!
Well, although this might work in many cases, when it comes to the health of your pet, you might want to reconsider. There are numerous pet owners in our days that prefer to consult with Google rather than with a vet. This way they will reduce their expenses, but they have to realize that this might not be in the best interest of the animal, and one could do more harm than good.
Certain professionals call this the “vet vs. Net” phenomenon, and it has become too common to ask the fellow pet owners in case you have a problem. While in some cases it might work out, in others things might just get worse, and the pet owners put things off until it is too late.
The majority of the causes that make the cats and dogs feel uncomfortable can be easily addressed by a vet and the problem might be solved with some medication and little expenses.
There are some examples that could scare pet owners off from using the internet for such purposes. There has been a case when the dog had an itching foot, and he has been constantly chewing and licking it.
With the help of the internet the owner got to the conclusion that the dog has some kind of allergy and treated him for about 6 months with different kinds of medication.
Since the itching didn’t stop, they sought the help of a vet. He told them that the dog had a carpet of yeast and staph in his feet. After 48 hours the dog has been cured with the help of antifungal and antibiotic medication.
It is true that the internet has a lot of useful information, and it also makes it possible for the pet owners to bond and to exchange experiences, but the problem is that people are taking things to extreme and they are using the internet as their only source of information.
This is why it is important to make regular visits to the vet. In some cases every minute matters, and they could make all the difference in the life of a pet. In case you see that there is something wrong with you pet, don’t hesitate and visit your vet.
Vets have realized that it is important to educate the people regarding the right way to use the internet. The first sign that a website might not be the best one to be visited is that there are some things sold on the site. In case you encounter such websites you can be almost certain that you don’t have anything to gain by reading the material.
There are some websites that are truly reliable and they offer good information, but still they cannot substitute a visit to the vet. It isn’t enough to describe the symptoms; a vet can really see what is going on, and in the majority of the cases they have more knowledge and experience than the people writing on the internet.
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