Google is not a Veterinarian

January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM by Nikki Wardle

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We've all been there before. Your dog is acting strange—maybe not eating well or seeming to limp a bit. Three minutes later, you're convinced Fido is suffering from heart failure—or maybe a rare genetic disorder—and you're panicking. What happened in those three minutes? We're guessing you consulted Dr. Google.

The Internet is a wonderful thing that provides a plethora of information, makes our lives easier, and connects us with long-lost high school friends. But if you type "dog panting too much" into Google, you're going to get a long list of frightening scenarios. Google makes a great restaurant-finder, but a horrible vet.

When you choose Google over a trusted local veterinarian, you may end up inadvertently hurting your pet, or at best delaying care.

Dr. Google often results in:

  • Inaccurate information that could worry you unnecessarily.
  • Improper actions based on inaccurate information.
  • Delayed care that could result in a treatable issue become worse.

Trust a Real Veterinarian

We care about your pets, and when it comes down to it, giving us a call will be just as quick as typing a search query into Google. The results you get will be tailored to your pet and take his history, age, and other factors into account.

Also, our staff have years of background and experience to back up their diagnoses, and can give you all the reassurance and information you need to make informed decisions about your pet's health. So please, next time Captain Fuzzpants is making a strange noise in his throat, give us a call. Your first exam is free, and we'd be more than happy to help.

Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.