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The internet can be a wonderful resource for pet owners, however, it is important to be cautious about where you find your information. Evaluate a website carefully to ensure the information you receive is accurate and reliable. Here are a few tips to help you evaluate where you find your information:
- Be sure the information comes from a reliable source: Are there references to veterinary literature? Research? Universities? Are the claims substantiated and backed up by reliable sources?
- Is the person or organization controlling the website someone you would trust to provide reliable and credible information? For example many universities have websites with excellent information for pet owners and they are not trying to “sell” something or make a profit.
- Is the website objective? Is the website trying to give you objective information or convince you to follow a trend or buy something?
- Ignore testimonials. They are not evidence or proof of anything. Testimonials are a form of advertising.
Here are a few of our favorite websites and good examples of excellent internet resources for pet owners: