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« on: April 20, 2009, 02:25:05 PM »

A few words of reminder are in order.

While we realize that people are trying to help others, some posts made on this forum recently have come close to practicing veterinary medicine without credentials.

When trying to assist someone who is seeking help with their sick pet, it is perfectly appropriate to say something like, “My pet was doing A and B.  I took her to the vet, and she was diagnosed with Condition C.  The vet prescribed D and E.”  Or, “I have had good success using F to help my pet with constipation problems.”  Or, “I have been able to get my pet to take the medication the vet ordered by using Method G.”  It is great to share experience with others.

What is not appropriate for members of this forum is to diagnose a pet’s problem or recommend medications to another member.  These are matters for veterinary professionals only.

Furthermore, a pet parent in a difficult situation may be understandably confused when a great deal of information is thrown at them in a stressful situation.  This can have the effect of increasing the person’s stress level, which I am sure no one wants to do.

When dealing with an ill pet, always consult your own veterinarian.  Posts on this forum should never be substituted for qualified veterinary advice.

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010, 02:16:16 PM »

We need to bump this up as a reminder to all posting and reading in this section of the forums.  

As far as I know, we have no veterinarians on this forum or even veterinary technicians, so please do not make decisions involving the health and lives of your pets based on posts made here by members.  Always consult your veterinarians.  

What is true for a dog may not apply to a cat.  What is true for a cat does not necessarily apply to a dog.  What applies to humans quite often does not apply to cats and dogs.  Please be careful when posting and keep these points in mind when reading.

A few words of reminder are in order.

While we realize that people are trying to help others, some posts made on this forum recently have come close to practicing veterinary medicine without credentials.

When trying to assist someone who is seeking help with their sick pet, it is perfectly appropriate to say something like, “My pet was doing A and B.  I took her to the vet, and she was diagnosed with Condition C.  The vet prescribed D and E.”  Or, “I have had good success using F to help my pet with constipation problems.”  Or, “I have been able to get my pet to take the medication the vet ordered by using Method G.”  It is great to share experience with others.

What is not appropriate for members of this forum is to diagnose a pet’s problem or recommend medications to another member.  These are matters for veterinary professionals only.

Furthermore, a pet parent in a difficult situation may be understandably confused when a great deal of information is thrown at them in a stressful situation.  This can have the effect of increasing the person’s stress level, which I am sure no one wants to do.

When dealing with an ill pet, always consult your own veterinarian.  Posts on this forum should never be substituted for qualified veterinary advice.

---Your moderators

« Last Edit: July 04, 2010, 02:18:48 PM by JustMe » Logged

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