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Vets report rise in use of website symptom checkers

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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A SURVEY of vets by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has revealed that 97 per cent of respondents in the Midlands believe their clients' behaviour is influenced by what they find online.

Four in 10 vets said the owners' online research was unhelpful, with only six per cent of pet vets finding it helpful.

The Veterinary Association's Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey of nearly 700 vets working with companion animals also reveals that skin conditions are the most common reason for pet owners to visit their vets, with 70 per cent saying this is one of the most common problems they see.

Other common problems include gastrointestinal disorders, such as vomiting, diarrhoea and digestive problems, (mentioned by 54 per cent) and musculoskeletal problems, including lameness (45 per cent).

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