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The Internet and Pet Health Information: Perceptions and Behaviors of Pet Owners and Veterinarians
The Internet Journal of Veterinary Medicine (2010)
  • Lori R Kogan, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
  • Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
  • Alan A Simon
  • Ann R Viera, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract
Introduction: The current study assesses the online search behavior of pet owners for pet health information and the perception of clients’ internet use by their veterinarians.Materials and methods: A random sample of veterinary clinics was selected from two metropolitan US areas. Results and Conclusions: The majority of clients reported using the internet for pet health information with positive results. Veterinarians expressed concern over clients’ ability to understand medical information and the potential negative impact of misleading information. Recommendations pertaining to the growing presence of the internet and its impact to the field of veterinary medicine are offered.
Keywords
  • pet health,
  • veterinary medicine,
  • internet,
  • consumer health information,
  • companion animals
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Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Lori R Kogan, Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher, Alan A Simon and Ann R Viera. "The Internet and Pet Health Information: Perceptions and Behaviors of Pet Owners and Veterinarians" The Internet Journal of Veterinary Medicine Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ann_viera/1/