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A librarian's guide to providing resources for pet owners

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  • 1 Veterinary Medical Library, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108 and the Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Center, Mayo Hospitals and Clinics, Rochester, MN 55905.

Today, consumers are exposed to a great amount of new information both digitally and in print. Pets and their care are popular topics, and a large amount of information is published in these fields. Therefore, clients arrive at their veterinary clinic with greater expectations, ask more difficult questions, and crave more in-depth health-related information.1 Because owners are active participants in their pet's medical treatment, they need credible information to make informed decisions. In general, there is growing interest in health care information among the public, many of whom are expanding their access to health information via the Internet.