The internet can be an excellent 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 website objective? Is the website trying to give you objective information or convince you to follow a trend or buy something?
- 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.
- Ignore testimonials. Testimonials are a form of advertising. They are not evidence or proof of anything.
Here are a few of our favorite websites and good examples of excellent internet resources for pet owners:
ASPCA Poison Control
American SPCA poison control center. Information on different poisons and toxins in pets and their symptoms. For a fee (payable by credit card) it is possible to speak directly with a toxicologist regarding poisoning in your pet.
Canadian Kennel Club
Canada’s resource for registered dog breeders and information on how to choose a dog, select a good breeder as well as breed standards.
Canada’s veterinary feline specialists created this website to help cats receive the preventative health care they need to live longer, healthier lives. Great information for any cat owner!
CHOOSING A CAT or dog
Information from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association with great information on selecting a cat or dog for your family.
HILLARYS BLEND RECIPES
An informative website on nutrition. One of the better recipe books and balanced supplements we have found for owners who want to cook homemade food for their pets. Includes recipes to meet pets’ needs with medical conditions such as kidney failure and allergies. Recipe books and supplements can also be ordered through our clinic.
HILLS PET FOODS
Information, foods available and indications for prescription diets as well as feeding guidelines for Hills pet foods.
IMPORT AND EXPORT OF PETS
Are you planning an international move and need to make arrangements to take your pet? Are you purchasing a pet from another country and need to import this animal? Check out Canada’s food inspection agency’s website for information to help you with this move.
ROYAL CANIN PET FOODS
Information, feeding recommendations and feeding guides as well as specific diets for treatment of medical conditions in dogs and cats.
South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls
SORCO is a nonprofit organization. As we are a facility that not only rescues Owls, we would like the general public to be aware that we also receive all Raptors! Call SORCO if you find ANY injured Owl, Eagle, Hawk, Falcon, Vulture or Osprey!
The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
Information on the BC Veterinary Association and current pet related information for the province of BC.
A website associated with Veterinary Information Network (an online resource and reference for Veterinarians) Loads of great articles on every topic you can imagine written for the pet owner.
Washington State University
The website of the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. One of our closest referral centers and has an impressive array of medical topics for pet owners. Click on the “pet health topics” tab.