THERE’s no shortage of advice for pet owners online – but the challenge is to work out which sites are providing reliable information.
Pet owners now have another tool they can rely on to help look after their animal’s health, with the launch of Vetico, an initiative by a group of Australian vets.
The online veterinary information community has been created to provide pet owners with reliable, up- to- date content they can trust.
The site allows people to search or browse content on pet ownership, articles from around the world, and blog contributions from vets, owners and other members of the pet community.
Pet owners are invited to join the online community at vetico. com. au and create profiles for themselves and their companions.
Through these profiles, pet owners interact with other like- minded members, create groups and events, or search for relevant groups and events already there.
These can be anything from dogwalking clubs and puppy parties to specific support groups for various animal diseases.
Registered members are also able to post forum questions to other pet owners in a veterinary- moderated environment, which ensures the correct advice is always being discussed.
Vetico chief veterinarian Nick Wonders says pet owners often go online to supplement their relationship with their local vet.
His aim is to ensure they are getting accurate information.
While there is a lot of pet- related content on the internet, many vets are concerned about the quality of some of the advice being given.
In addition to advice, the site aims to promote strong community ties between pet owners.
Vetico has teamed up with prominent organisations such as Animal Welfare League Australia, WSPA, Delta Society Australia and Vets Beyond Borders to help promote animal health and wellbeing.
A short video outlining the features of the site can be found at the home page. Just click on the arrow in the ‘‘ new to Vetico’’ section near the top.