Getting Good Information Online
MyPetsDoctor.com has reminded readers many times that 64% of the medical information online is either outdated, or just plain wrong.
Drs. Mike Roizen and Mehmet Oz have recently written pieces in their weekly newspaper column about inaccurate online medical information.
Of Wikipedia, they say, “A new study compared info on Wiki’s medical articles to facts from peer-reviewed medical journals: 90% contained false or misleading information!”
They go on to say, “reviewers spotted mistakes that could lead you to treat yourself incorrectly or pass along faulty info to your doctor.” Wikipedia “often had missing or incorrect info on dosages, interactions and contradictions.”
These physicians recommend using the site of the National Institutes of Health instead (nih.gov). They also endorsed other .gov sites.
For example, I like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention site, cdc.gov.
Because there are many diseases that affect people and pets similarly , a search on one of these reliable sites may lead you to information you can extrapolate to your pet’s health.
You can always have confidence in the information you read on MyPetsDoctor.com, also, because we study thoroughly before posting. And, if any information we’ve provided previously goes out of date, we remove it from the site.
Ultimately, however, you should discuss your findings with your pet’s doctor before taking any medical steps. He is the expert who can tell you when the information you’ve read is accurate, or inaccurate.
Visit often, Dr. Randolph.