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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Abstract

Objective—To determine the validity of the information on the World Wide Web concerning veterinary anesthesia in dogs and to determine the methods dog owners use to obtain that information.

Design—Web-based search and client survey.

Subjects—73 Web sites and 92 clients.

Procedures—Web sites were scored on a 5-point scale for completeness and accuracy of information about veterinary anesthesia by 3 board-certified anesthesiologists. A search for anesthetic information regarding 49 specific breeds of dogs was also performed. A survey was distributed to the clients who visited the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital during a 4-month period to solicit data about sources used by clients to obtain veterinary medical information and the manner in which information obtained from Web sites was used.

Results—The general search identified 73 Web sites that included information on veterinary anesthesia; these sites received a mean score of 3.4 for accuracy and 2.5 for completeness. Of 178 Web sites identified through the breed-specific search, 57 (32%) indicated that a particular breed was sensitive to anesthesia. Of 83 usable, completed surveys, 72 (87%) indicated the client used the Web for veterinary medical information. Fifteen clients (18%) indicated they believed their animal was sensitive to anesthesia because of its breed.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Information available on the internet regarding anesthesia in dogs is generally not complete and may be misleading with respect to risks to specific breeds. Consequently, veterinarians should appropriately educate clients regarding anesthetic risk to their particular dog.

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

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In collaboration with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

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In collaboration with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association