Helpful Online Resources
The Internet is full of information on pets and their care, but not all of what you read is accurate or reliable. This page has web links to other sites containing helpful information on a variety of topics that I believe are from dependable sources. I will post more links as I become aware of them, so don’t hesitate to keep checking back.
VeterinaryPartner.com is here to support your veterinarian and you in the care of your companion animals by providing reliable, up-to-date animal health information. It is from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the world’s first and largest online veterinary database and community.
What if your dog just ate an entire bottle of chewable vitamins, or swallowed some of your prescription medication, or stole a chocolate bar? There are two very good poison control centers for pets, the ASPCA Poison Control, and Pet Poison Helpline. Both services have 800 numbers to call in an emergency (and both charge a fee to cover the cost of operation). Both have web sites that are loaded with useful information on common pet poisons in and around our homes, some of which might surprise you. Definitely worthwhile reading.
Pet obesity affects more than half the pets in this country, and increases the risk for several debilitating diseases. This web site is dedicated to providing information on weight loss, calorie recommendations, etc.
This site, developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has loads of information on pet nutrition, pet foods, and more.
Binky’s Page is a web site created by non-veterinarians, but the wealth of information it contains about diabetes in cats is easy to read and quite reliable.
Want to know which parasites or tick-borne diseases appear in this area? How about where you vacation? This map will help. (Unfortunately the map requires Adobe Flash Player, so it may not work on some devices.)
The CDC has an excellent page on different kinds of ticks, where they are found, and the kinds of diseases they can carry. This information is helpful for both you and your pets.
The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine has a site dedicated to caring for indoor cats and dogs, including basic needs, toys, stress prevention, and other tips.
Occasionally we hear of news about outbreaks of the Canine Influenza. Click Here for the latest updates.
This site contains information on things you can do to make your home safe for your pets. It highlights various household hazards that can be harmful to pets, and offers tips on how to protect your pets from these hazards.
This article is the result of the 2017 X-ray contest. It shows some crazy things pets have eaten. Some of it is rather unbelievable. Click here to see the article.
Pennsylvania requires licenses for all dogs. Click here to be taken to the application page.
I’m occasionally asked about pet insurance, and whether it’s a good idea. I can’t comment on the costs, or endorse any one company. However, I can say that some of my clients have found it helpful when they had a major veterinary expense, such as a visit to the emergency hospital or a major surgery. Here are links to a few pet insurance companies, in no particular order, in case you want to check them out. This list is not exhaustive, so please do your own research as well.
Over the past few years, numerous medications, including generic drugs, have risen substantially in cost. This especially impacts pet owners, due to a lack of insurance coverage for pet prescriptions. This web site lets you search for specific drugs to find the lowest cost at local pharmacies, and offers coupons and discount cards for even more savings.