The Internet can clue people in to new information from the rapidly advancing veterinary world, with great reputable sites come websites that are not so great. Below is a list of websites that are great for research:
- The Indoor Pet Initiative. This website is supported by The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It uses the most up-to-date science to educate both veterinarians and pet owners, with a specific focus on creating an optimal environment for your pet to thrive.
- Pets & Parasites. Looking for information on parasites such as hookworms, coccidia, heartworms or anything else your cat or dog might acquire? The Companion Animal Parasite Council has you covered.
- Winn Feline Foundation. The Winn Feline Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports research into improving the lives of cats. It has a wealth of information on cat health on its site, some of which is based on research its grants have supported.
- Partners in Animal Health. Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has an outstanding site with information for pet owners as well as veterinarians. Special topics include caring for diabetic cats, a pet owner’s guide to cancer, and managing destructive scratching behavior in cats.
- House Rabbit Society. You need just one thing to appreciate this site: questions about rabbits.
- ASPCA Pet Care. The ASPCA Pet Care section has direct links to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, a Pet Loss Center, Pet Food Recall news feed and many more resources. It’s good information from an organization out to do good in the world.
- American Animal Hospital Association. As the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada, the American Animal Hospital Association sets the standard for quality animal care.
- American Association of Feline Practitioners. With videos, articles and a search engine to find feline-friendly vets (although I know there are lots of great vets who don’t show up on the list), this site is worth your time.
- Worms & Germs. This University of Guelph blog is put together by Drs. Scott Weese and Maureen Anderson of the Ontario Veterinary College’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. It focuses on infectious diseases in pets, with a large emphasis on zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed to humans from other species).
- Dr. Sophia Yin. Dr. Yin is a veterinarian, author, animal behaviorist and international expert on low-stress animal handling. Her blog covers a range of topics, and I am a fan of her work on reducing patient stress in veterinary clinics.
Bookmark these sites, and you’ll have safe, interesting information at your fingertips anytime you need it.