In this age of Internet and Web content, consumers are using internet sites to research health information, both for themselves and their pets. As veterinary professionals, we are aware that our clients may have done research prior to or during their pet’s medical treatment, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns and any information you may have gathered. Due to the freedom of the Internet, available information can often be confusing or even misleading.

A study published in the April 2010 Veterinary Surgery journal researched websites that listed information regarding canine cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease. A panel of board certified veterinary surgeons concluded that the information on canine CCL disease on the Internet was of “highly variable quality,” and that the use of correct veterinary terminology in the search did detect sites with higher quality information. It also noted that “websites authored by veterinarians are more likely to present higher quality information, but require a more advanced literacy level for comprehension.”

At LVVSC, we aim to provide you with current and accurate information about your pet’s condition and treatment options. Internet searches can go a long way in making clients more educated and comfortable about their pet’s diagnosis, but some information can be unsubstantiated and false. Please feel free to discuss with your veterinarian any information you may have gathered, as we can help guide you in your search.