Know Your Information Source

Written By Dr. Gary Holfinger

Recently a post on Facebook went viral - it claimed that giving your dog ice cubes would cause the stomach to bloat and lead to death. The office was overwhelmed with clients fearful that they were killing their pets with ice cubes!

The claim was completely inaccurate – it’s fine for you to give your dog ice cubes - but it does emphasize the point that anyone can be an authority on the internet. People with good intentions can cause confusion and concern without meaning to do so.

It’s important to know the credentials of the source of your information. For example, we recommend the website “petsandparasites.org” for information about worms, mange, fleas, and ticks. It’s a good example of responsible information.

We encourage the use of legitimate sources, because medicine can be so complicated and confusing. In fact, we subscribe and use a professional resource ourselves, which gives us contact with the specialists and other experts in veterinary medicine.

The internet is a wonderful source of information. Just be sure to evaluate the sources and claims you find on the web closely. If you are unsure of the content you find there, give us a call.

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