I love Google. In fact, I'm not sure how I was able to survive without it. My most recent inquiry was finding out if a frog could grow a new leg!
I'm sure I am not alone in my near addiction to finding out instant answers to my life's most pressing questions. The fact that the information is instantaneous, makes it the most memorable.
I probably put too much faith in the information that I get back, but nonetheless, I keep going back to Google to get my answers.
My experience in the vet clinic is that although Google does provide you with a great starting point of research; you should make sure that the sites you are going to are reputable. This is especially important if you plan on administering DIY vet care.
Dr. Google may not be providing you with the most accurate of information, especially when the answers you get back are dependent upon your self-diagnosis of symptoms presented by your pet.
It has been said that the Internet is the greatest source of misinformation in the history of civilization. As a pet parent, I understand the need to try and figure out what's wrong, so we can make them feel better. However, there is a chance that the information you are getting may do more harm than good.
The Internet can be a great resource when you want to find out more about a specific disease or health condition (once you have a diagnosis from a vet). You should ask yourself these questions:
1. Where did this information come from?
2. How current is this information?
3. Who is responsible for the content of the website?
Try looking for websites published by the U.S. government (.gov), nonprofit organizations (.org) or colleges and universities (.edu) as they are often more reliable sources of information.
I will continue to use Google multiple times a day, but I will try to be a little more selective on where I am getting my vet med information. Bottom line: we all want what is best for our pets and we want them to live happy, long and healthy lives.