Ten useful websites for pet owners

Ten useful websites for pet owners

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Having a pet can be a daunting task. There is so much information available at our fingertips, it can all be a bit overwhelming. Even as a veterinarian, it’s easy to experience information overload when I type pet-related phrases into a Google search bar.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 10 useful websites for pet owners to keep on hand. Add them to your favorites, bookmark them, print out their useful articles for your less-technically inclined relatives. They’ve been “vetted” (see what I did there?) and found to be excellent and accurate resources for curious and caring pet owners.

  • Companion Animal Parasite Council (parasite information)
    • This website is an excellent resource for information about the common parasites dogs and cats can carry. This is important information to know, as some of these parasites can infect humans and cause devastating injuries. This site also has parasite prevalence in your area, so you can see how common a certain parasite is in your particular corner of the country.
  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control
    • This is one to bookmark. Not only is there tons of information about potential toxins in and around your home, but there is a 24-hour phone number you can call (yes, just like human poison control) in case your pet has ingested or come into contact with something on the toxic list.  There is a small fee associated with the phone call, but they have a full veterinary staff available to answer any questions you have and help you help (and potentially save the life of) your furry family members.



  • Dog Food Advisor
    • This is a great place to start your search for a good dog food. There are so many brands out there now, and it’s hard to know who to trust when everyone has a different opinion about what makes a particular brand of food a “good” one. This site has reviewed hundreds of brands of dog food, and given each of them a rating based on some important information about the food. If you are one to do heavy research on your own, this is a great place to start. Of course, you should always double check your research with your veterinarian!
  • Balance It
    • This is a WONDERFUL resource for owners who want to cook for their pets. This site has tons of recipes for balanced dog or cat foods, so you can feed your pet a home-cooked diet without doing them the disservice of leaving out key nutrients they need to thrive.
  • CAPC flea/tick/heartworm medication comparisons
    • This table is awesome. There are now SO MANY flea/tick/heartworm medications on the market now, and, even as a veterinarian, it can be hard to remember what they all cover. This table does all the work for you! It breaks down all of the products into easy to understand categories of what the medication protects against and what route it is given, along with more detailed information for those that just love to do research.
  • Veterinary Partner
    • This site is a wonderful resource for any general “google searches” you might have. The site is powered by VIN (Veterinary Information Network), which is a vast veterinary online community that many veterinarians utilize to learn or share information about veterinary medicine. Veterinary Partner is their client education site, dedicated to providing up-to-date and accurate information with a massive library of articles and other resources. From behavior, to nutrition, to specific disease processes, this site will have all the information you need!
  • Pet Place
    • Similar to Veterinary Partner, this site is a great place to find articles and accurate, veterinarian-approved content regarding tons of veterinary-related information. It’s also a fun site to peruse and learn stuff you didn’t even know you were wondering about.
  • International Cat Care
    • If you love cats, this is a great resource for you! It is, as the name implies, cat specific, so it has tons of useful information about this complicated, intelligent and wonderful species of animal.
  • BringFido.com
    • If you love to travel with your pets, this site is fantastic! From a large list of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants, to things to do with your pet, and even veterinarians in the area (although this section could use some work), this site is jam-packed with useful information for well-traveled pets and their owners! You can browse by city, and narrow your search by category (hotels, restaurants, activities, events, services, etc…) From their website:
      • “View pictures of each pet friendly hotel, bed and breakfast, vacation rental, campground, and apartment in town. You can also get the scoop on their pet policies, read reviews of other guests with dogs, and check prices and availability online. Or, call 877-411-FIDO to speak with a pet travel expert. There are no booking fees either way!”
  • Dr. Sophia Yin blog
    • Dr. Sophia Yin was a veterinarian and pioneer in the field of animal behavior, specifically as it applies to veterinary medicine and pet training. Her website and blog are an EXCELLENT resource for any animal behavior or training questions you might have. Most (good) veterinarians implement some form of her low stress handling techniques while handling animals in the hospital setting.

 




 

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