Dr Google! - THE GOOD AND EVIL OF THE INTERNET!
As veterinarians we find that more and more of our clients refer to the powers of the internet and its vast expanse of data, to find out about medicines, understand diseases and even sometimes get diagnoses for their pets. But as the old saying goes ‘don’t believe everything you read.’ The internet can be a dangerous place of misinformation, so this month we are going to quickly look at Dr Google and explain why you still need your vet!
- Many clients search for information purely because they feel they need a better understanding of their pet’s condition. Time in the consulting room with your pet can be stressful and overwhelming. Not everything your vet tells you is going to sink in, so what could be easier than searching the net for information in the comfort of your own home.
- Your pet will often get sick at the worst possible time for you financially. Many people look to the net in a desperate search for answers, home remedies and diagnosis’. This is possibly the worst time to take ‘advice’ from Dr Google. “ Not seeking professional veterinary help when your pet is ill can not only lead to irreversible consequences for your pet’s health but end up costing you far more financially.
- Every patient responds differently to treatment even for the simplest problems. Quite often medications will need to be changed or perhaps it just seems to be taking ages for your pet to respond to the treatment. Dr Google can appear to be a cheap way to get a second opinion if a client is frustrated and feels they need to find out more information.
It’s a minefield out there!
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Kenilworth Veterinary Clinic
47 Kenilworth Road, Cape Town