The 10 Best Dog Health Websites

November 30, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

When looking for a good dog health website you could just type into Google “dog health” and I am sure you will get 1 if not all 4 of these websites on the first page – doghealth.com, petmd.com, pets.webmd.com, and, of course, wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Health, but although these sites have a lot of information, they are certainly not the “best” dog health websites out there. I am not even sure if there is a true 10 best dog health websites as it would be subjective and full of opinion.

For me, the “best” dog health websites are the ones that I HAVE to go to every morning to see if they have posted any new articles on their blog. Yes I know I have a blog here and of course it goes without saying that this is one of the 10 best dog health websites on the Internet today (I’m writing the article what else would I say), but since I am writing the article I am going to omit Dogkinetics.com from the list because I don’t read it everyday (I don’t even post to it everyday).

Every morning when I click on my browser I have a bunch of tabs open up to all the websites that I visit frequently. You know like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. One of those tabs is a website called feedly.com and on that page is a list of blogs that I want to check up on and see what they are writing about that day. In my opinion, this is the heartbeat of the topic of dog health. It is what I want to read to keep abreast of everything. The following is the list of those websites – THE 10 Best Dog Health Websites

The Biggies
These three websites are the heavy hitters in the dog health topic. They post several articles a day and have very large followings and some very prominent veterinarians and other professionals writing articles. If any web/blog managers read this post I would be happy to do a guest post for any of these –

Vet Street (http://www.vetstreet.com/) – Dr Marty Becker, the vet from Good Morning America, writes here, but he is not the only big name that writes here just probably the most well known. Other big names are Dr Nancy Kay from Speaking for Spot, Dr Narda Robinson a nationally known authority on scientifically based alternative medicine, Dr Patty Kuhly a well known blogging vet, Dr Andy Roark who is well known for his contributions to veterinary business and management and several other veterinarians that are respected in their field.

Pet Place (http://www.petplace.com/) – With articles titled such as Why Do Dogs Drool? and Yes Dogs Eat Glue and crazy pictorials such as Tongues Out!, how can you not like this website?

Mercola’s Healthy Pets with Dr Karen Becker (http://healthypets.mercola.com/) – My friend, colleague, and co-conspirator with many clients, Dr Becker provides the information for this website. What can I say, I decided to become a father of 4 and play soccer with them and she decided to really make a difference for pets and became voted one of the 10 best veterinarians in the Chicago area. She caught the attention of Dr Mercola and the rest is history. There is at least one new post everyday and has a more holistic natural approach to veterinary medicine.

The Lonely Veterinarians
These next 5 websites are blogs written by a single veterinarian and their life, trials, tribulations and of course the good times of being a veterinarian.

Speaking for Spot (http://speakingforspot.com/blog/) – Dr Nancy Kay’s, author of Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health and contributor to Vet Street, personal blog. Dr Nancy has won many accolades and awards including the Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog.

Diary of a Real Life Veterinarian (http://kmdvm.blogspot.com/) – Blog of Dr Krista Magnifico advisor at Pawbly.com another excellent dog health website. I love Dr Krista’s stories and I especially like her post on Living and losing the last moments with your terminal dog.

Dr Patrick Mahaney (http://www.patrickmahaney.com/) – Fellow veterinary acupuncturist and veterinarian to the stars, Dr Patrick’s blog is full of information. If you have any questions on Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) you can read his dog’s, Cardiff, blog (http://www.patrickmahaney.com/cardiff-blog/) who has suffered from IMHA

Shawn M. Finch DVM (http://rileyandjames.com/) – Dr Shawn has her life on this blog – veterinary stories, books read, and little life tidbits. The 24 Books to Change Your Life series was an excellent read.

Elliot Garber The Uncommon Veterinarian (http://www.elliottgarber.com/) – Do you want an interesting read for veterinary medicine? Dr Elliot’s blog is the one to read then. He is an author and a skilled writer and in this blog writes and does podcasts with some of the more interesting career choices that veterinarians have made. Hey Dr Elliot, I’m a veterinarian that has chosen to do only chiropractic and acupuncture on horses and dogs – is that interesting enough? If you read his blog, you will find out that NO its not interesting enough! Oh and if you want to be a veterinarian, he takes you step by step to reach your goal.

The Non-Veterinarians
You may have read or heard me say that I do not think pet insurance is worth the money. Instead, if you open a savings account for your pet and have the dedication to place the monthly premiums in it that you normally would give the insurance company, you would be much better off. So you may be surprised that one of the blogs I read everyday is owned by a pet insurance company! Yeah you read that right, besides it being a good blog and has good information on pet health I realize that many people (OK most people) do not have the dedication to put money into a savings account for their pet so if you must buy pet health insurance this is one of two companies I would recommend, Embrace (the blog I read) and Trupanion.

Embrace Pet Insurance Blog (http://blog.embracepetinsurance.com/) – Laura Bennett co-founder of Embrace is not a veterinarian but rather a mathematician, but she is very good at writing about dog health. It helps that she also has guest posts from veterinarians, including my Internet friend and colleague Dr Patrick Mahaney. Laura and Dr Patrick do a podcast together as well. Laura is doing the dog health topic a good service as well as providing good pet insurance.

Last but most definitely not least –
Dawg Business (http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.com/) – Jana Rade has become a friend because of her blog and my interest in it or maybe because of her great questions. She is just like a favorite client (the type of client that most vets dread that I thrive on) a dog owner that questions, EVERYTHING! Her blog is dedicated to her late Rottweiler Jasmine and their story together. Jasmine was a sickly dog and had a multitude of problems which provided Dawg Business with a wide variety of topics to cover in dog health. Jana has certainly made an impact in the dog health topic and has befriended many veterinarians and has numerous guest posts because of these friendships – you might even find a couple by a good looking vet there. I’ll help you out here’s his latest post there – Alternative Treatments For Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) in Dogs

You can be sure that every morning I am clicking on my feedly.com page and checking to see if any of these blogs have posted something new. I love to write and as with most writers, I also love to read and these blogs is what I love to read.

THE 10 Best Websites For Dog Lovers

March 15, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

OK So this really is not THE 10 Best Websites For Dog Lovers but rather a difference of opinion to an article on Business Insider with the same title.  I firmly believe there is no such list as the 10 BEST websites. Opinions change,  websites change at a rapid pace, and it is difficult with all the information available out there and with all the websites out there what criteria do you use to say a website  is THE best? So why am I writing this then?

It is blatantly obvious in Evan Britton’s article The 10 Best Websites For  Dog Lovers (click for the article) that the sites he chose are not based on proper research but something else. I am not sure if it is, as some of the commentors wrote, just the paid or sponsored websites that are being mentioned in the list or ignorance. Is it he threw a list together with no research and just put familiar names he knew just so he could promote his own two websites in the list…and what is with that? I know I am very proud of my own website here and I do promote it but to call it one of the top websites for dog lovers is reaching a little and so is Evan.  I don’t know how he formulated his list but in my opinion it is NOT the best list.

So I decided using my own dog knowledge with a slant on what is best for a dog’s health, based on popularity of the passionate dog owners, caretakers and professionals that I interact with, along with finding some of the least biased information I could on the topics Evan suggested in his list, to formulate what I would consider THE 10 Best Websites For Dog Lovers list. Please passionate dog lovers please correct my list in the comments and we can provide an even better list than THE best. :-)

1. Pet Food – OK just giving a store and a big chain at that as your BEST website for dog food? There are some big changes happening in the pet food industry especially with the dog food recalls going on. Many pet owners need more knowledge about pet food and what is best for their dog. Besides there are so many online stores that will ship dog food to your door with the same if not better customer service than PetCo. Not that PetCo is bad just not the best. How about a couple websites telling you which dog food is the best and why?
Dog Food Analysis and Dog Food Scoop. These two sites will help you choose the best kibble for your dog that is if you are not cooking for your dog or feeding raw which would be better for most dogs anyway.

2. Dog Breeders – Not even going to go there.  Full disclosure here – I have a purebred, but for a specific purpose and if you want a purebred for a specific purpose then fine do research and choose an appropriate breeder by going through the appropriate channels which is not going to the website mentioned on Evan’s list! However if you are looking for a family pet and want to really feel good about getting a dog that really needs you check out one of the best websites for dog adoption – Pet Finder

3. Puppy Names – his website was mentioned here. Um – Ok it probably is a fun website but whatever – NOT a 10 best website.

4. Dog Whisperer & 9. Common Dog Problems – Both of the sites he mentions for these categories are single person trainers. One trainer is not the best for everyone. Even though these sites provide a lot of information for helping you, they provide a lot more by purchasing something. Fine everyone needs to make a living, but is Cesar’s Way the best way? Well even Cesar himself will tell you that it is best if you are having behavior problems with your dog to have a trained professional work personally with you to help solve the problem. So why not a website that will provide you the information to search for such a trainer? Purdue University has a dog behavior modification course and provides a list of individuals that have completed the course. Another list of trainers can be found at Truly Dog Friendly, which is a list of trainers that use training methods that are pain free.  Or if you want to do it yourself but can’t decide which method/s to use how about a scientific approach to dog training? Although this website is old (2001) it provides excellent information on training from an educational/scientific standpoint Dr. P’s Dog Training & Behavior. It provides opinions from many different perspectives not just one trainer and one method.

5. Dog Health – He got one right here! But isn’t this where I promote my own website? :-)
Have to admit it, VetInfo is a good solid source of information. With that said, your best source of information about your dog’s health is the veterinarian that is taking care of your dog.

6. Dog Insurance- with all the articles out there bantering back and forth as to whether or not pet insurance is even worth the premiums, I think it is bad form to single out one insurance company as the best. This is especially bad, when you go to the review sites about insurance companies and you find that although the one Evan chose is one of the most popular here in the US, it is not the best as decided by consumers. So now if you do decide that pet insurance is something you want to look into,  how about looking into the choices you have and deciding for yourself which insurance company is right for you – Pet Insurance Review An unbiased look at the options for insurance companies, with customer reviews and ratings.

7. Dog Breeds – OK Dog Breed Info does provide the information on dog breeds but it is not as slick or cool as Animal Planet’s – Dog Breed Directory

8. Labradors – um – his own website I see. Well how about my breedist views – Border Collie ;-)

already did 9 back at 4 since they are basically the same thing.

10. Pet Travel Guides – Another one right! Dog Friendly is a cool website helping dog owners find places while traveling that are dog friendly.

Full disclosure – I do not own or operate any of the sites in this list. :-)