Veterinary Medicine, and pet and animal care interests in general, are represented by a huge number of websites. This is both good (meaning that some answers to a question burning in your mind at 4 A.M. are available instantly) and bad (some of the information online is just plain lousy). While not vouching for the authenticity of every word on every one of these sites (our own included), these were a few that seem especially useful, or maybe just cool, in our opinion.
www.veterinarypartner.com is one of our favorite sites, loaded with valuable info about dogs, cats, small mammals, and even reptiles, written by some of the top veterinarians in the country.
Go here for: Poison Control information, First Aid for pets, Behavioral info, and detailed information about thousands of medical and surgical conditions of animals among other useful stuff.
www.healthypet.com is the site run by the American Animal Hospital Association. It is a great source for all kinds of information on small animal medicine and surgery for the families of pets, and has links of its own.
Go here for: Dog and Cat breed information, vaccination recommendations, lists of frequently-asked questions for dog and cat health issues, and questions about the practice of veterinary medicine in general.
www.piersonbarkparks.com is the site for the Pierson Bark Park in Fishers. It's 4 acres of fenced fun for socialized dogs, including a pond for them to swim in during the warmer months. It includes a nice shady pavilion for owners to sit and chat while the dogs are playing, as well. Membership information, hours of operation, and park rules are all listed on the site.
www.avma.org/animal_health is a public information site of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Go here for: Public health information, especially about diseases that can affect animals and people, disaster medicine, and kidsí resources. For information about careers in veterinary medicine, check out the main site of www.avma.org.
www.aplb.org is one of the better pet loss and grief websites. It has an extensive list of resources and articles, as well as chat rooms and counseling referrals.
Go here for: Dealing with grief in the final days of a petís life, working through euthanasia decisions, and the healing process after a pet dies.
www.akc.org is the site for the American Kennel Club.
Go here for: Information on dog breeds and breeders.
www.invma.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=8 is the Indiana Veterinary Medical Associationís public information site.
Go here for: Information specifically of interest to Hoosier animal interests, including avian influenza updates and Indiana heartworm data.
www.cdsindogs.com> is an informational site from Pfizer Animal Health. The former is a resource for helping people whose pet may have Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, and the latter discusses infectious respiratory disease in dogs. Other Pfizer product information can be found at www.rimadyl.com, www.revolutionpet.com, and www.simplicef.com.
Go here for: Further information, albeit from the perspective of the manufacturer of products, on these drugs, or disorders and their treatment.
www.trupanion.com is the website for Trupanion, one of the nationís leading pet insurance providers. Again, a site for marketing a product, and one that we don't necessarily endorse over other companies, but a good source of information about pet insurance, which may people have found of great value in helping with increasing medical costs.
Go here for: Pet medical insurance information.
www.hsus.org/pets provides information about pet adoption, animal shelters, and animal welfare issues.
Go here for: Animal welfare concerns.
www.petfinder.com is a fabulous resource for locating a pet anywhere in the country. It has links to animal shelters and breed rescue organizations within a specific number of miles of your ZIP code.
Go here for: (Possibly) your next pet!
Go here for: Ways to successfully negotiate the pandemonium of raising kids and pets, or to help choose the right pet for your family.
www.petrestinc.com is Pet Rest, a pet cemetery and cremation service that serves Fall Creek Veterinary. This site allows you to tour the gardens where pets are buried, choose urns or other memorials, and has useful links on Pet Loss and Grieving, too.
Go here for: Understanding burial options for your pet.
www.hillspet.com is the official site for Hillís Pet Nutrition, which includes Science Diet and the line of Prescription Diets of virtually all letters of the alphabet. It has good info on each diet, and downloadable books on puppy or kitten care. Some fun online quizzes are also available.
Go here for: The lowdown on diets and pet nutrition.
www.dogstardaily.com is the source for information about dog training tips or behavior problems. Go here for: Puppy behavior problem prevention, training tips, and advice on choosing a trainer.
www.healthycatsforlife.com The American Association of Feline Practitioners has great tips on what to look for in a cat that's not feeling well, as well as more information on why twice-yearly exams benefit cats in particular.
Go here for: Subtle signs of sickness, and tips on trips to the vet.
www.knowheartworms.org KNOW Heartworms aims to educate cat owners about heartworm disease and the threat it poses to cats. It also points out some of the signs not commonly assigned to heartworm disease.Go here for: Information on heartworm disease in cats.
www.bioethics.com is a site that discusses a full-range of bioethical issues, including stem-cell research and discussions about assisted suicide and human euthanasia, as well as other ďhot-buttonĒ ethical questions. Go here for: A look into the issues currently occupying Dr. Risserís head while getting his Masterís in Bioethics.
There are a bloominí million other sites of merit not listed here. Please let us know if your favorite is missing and youíd like to share it with others!