Beware of Dr. Google
It has become commonplace in human medicine for people to attempt self-diagnosis of symptoms they may be experiencing by searching on the internet's major search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo! and Bing). As has been cautioned many times in the press and on major media outlets, such reliance on potentially inexact, conflicting and incomplete information can be dangerous and even deadly.
Unfortunately, this issue is widespread in veterinary medicine too, potentially with catastrophic consequences. It is important to remember that symptom identification is much more difficult in animals given their inability to communicate. Therefore, one's ability to properly assess what may be ailing an animal is nearly impossible for the untrained person. Therefore, we urge extreme caution when it comes to using the internet to understand what may be affecting a sick pet and urge all pet owners to rely on their experience and expertise of their regular veterinarian, especially if it seems as though your dog or cat is in any pain.
If you have any questions at all regarding your own pet's health, our entire clinical team here at Calusa is ready and able to provide care and assistance in whatever way possible.
Calusa Veterinary Center is aware of the vast amount of information available on the internet. Our veterinary team has taken the time and evaluated the following sites. We trust the information the listed websites provide to you, our client, and member of our family.
American Animal Hospital Association
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
American Kennel Club
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Center for Veterinary Medicine— U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Influencers: Edgar Otto – Boca Raton Magazine http://www.bocamag.com/blog/2012/11/01/the-influencers-edgar-otto/