Links & Surfing the web
Woodhaven Animal Health
Surfing the Web
Anyone can make a website, and anyone can call themselves an “expert” in an effort to put their opinions in a format for the world to read. This can cause a fair amount of confusion, especially when trying to research medical conditions in our pets.
We have provided a few guidelines to follow when deciding what to read and, more importantly, what to believe as you review the abundant amount of information available on any given topic.
Look for sites associated with a University, Veterinary Clinic, or Referral Center. Avoid sites authored by other pet owners, kennel owners, “patient/pet care advocates,” or “expert committees” since these sites are usually based on opinion rather than medical facts.
Look for sites authored by doctors who have D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) after their name. In general, a Doctor that has a Ph.D. without a D.V.M. may know research but often lacks the ability to apply the information to a real patient with a real owner in the real world!
When reviewing the information, determine if the information presented by the DVM is based on current research. If the information is presented as a “survey” or “retrospective” study, the information is generally open to interpretation and not based on all available facts. The best research is “peer-reviewed,” or based on “prospective” studies, or “double-blinded” clinical trials.
Always question any research information provided by or sponsored by a company that has a vested interest in selling their product. If the company has thoroughly evaluated its product, they will cite research performed by a separate “independent” research institution (e.g., a University) that will confirm its claims.
Always consider where the authoring DVM works when evaluating the information. A DVM at a Referral Center or University will be more likely to see the “worst-of-the-worst” cases, so they may discuss testing, treatment, or outcomes that do not represent the “average” patient in everyday practices.
Once you are comfortable with the information you have found on the topic you are researching, it is helpful to print the articles and bring them in for further discussion. In some cases, you may uncover information that will help the Doctor provide the ultimate care for your pet!
Healthcare Links and Information
Emergency / Referral Clinics
- PAW Health Animal Network Animal Emergency – pawhealthnetwork.com
- Fox Valley Animal Referral Center – www.fvarc.com
- UW-Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital – www.vetmed.wisc.edu/home
- UM-Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital – www.cvm.umn.edu
- Edinger Surgical Options – edingersurgicaloptions.com
- Poison Control – aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control or petpoisonhelpline.com
Miscellaneous Veterinary Information & Supplies
- Home Again Microchips – www.homeagain.com
- Lucky Pet Pet Tags – www.luckypet.com
- Morris Animal Foundation – www.morrisanimalfoundation.org
- Wisdom Panel Breed Identification – www.wisdompanel.com
- Dog’s Best Friend Consulting – www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com
- Ideal Dog Training – www.idealdogtrainer.com
- Therapy Dog International of Central Wisconsin – www.tdi-dog.org