10 Resources to Becoming an Informed Pet Care Professional

One of the most important assets a professional pooper scooper can have is a well-rounded education. It isn’t enough to go by past experiences because what was once regarded as reliable information can change over time as new information comes available. Because of this, it is helpful to learn from professionals within the pet care industry so you are always on top of your game.

Here is a list of resources I use to stay on top of my game as a pet care professional:

Mercola Healthy Pets by Dr. Karen Becker

http://healthypets.mercola.com/

Dr. Karen Becker is a holistic veterinarian with a practice based in Chicago. She is best known for teaching pet owners about “species appropriate diets.” While she occasionally receives negative reviews for her stance on spay and neuter, her articles are trustworthy and important for pet owners and pet professionals. If you are a pet professional, I highly recommend following Dr. Becker to stay in the know about important veterinary information.

Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan

http://www.cesarsway.com/

Whether you love him or hate him, Cesar Millan knows his stuff when it comes to dog behavior. He is best known as the Dog Whisperer; however, Cesar’s real talent is training people in how to relate better with their dogs. When we learn to communicate in a way that our dog’s understand, we can build a better relationship with them. If you want to improve the way you relate to your dog, Cesar is definitely worth following.

VetStreet

http://www.vetstreet.com/

I just started following VetStreet on Twitter based on Twitter’s recommendation. Boy am I glad I did. They publish relevant articles that are helpful to pet owners.

Dr. Andy Roark

http://www.drandyroark.com/

I started following Dr. Andy Roark shortly after Twitter recommended it. He primarily shares professional development content to help encourage veterinarians to build winning practices. Don’t miss the business acumen he delivers which can be applied in any business.

Dr. Marty Becker

http://www.drmartybecker.com/

He’s known as “America’s Veterinarian.” He has appeared on Good Morning, America and The Dr. Oz Show and is a New York Times best-selling author of three books. Follow him on Twitter for hopeful stories and sound wisdom in animal care.

Paws Pet Care

http://www.callpaws.com/

Paws Pet Care is a network of pet sitters in Louisville, Kentucky. I connected with them because even though I offer pet sitting through PetCorps Professional Pet Care, it isn’t feasible for me to serve customers living in Louisville. When I receive pet sitting requests in their neighborhood, I often refer the business to them.

As professionals, they often share short pet care tips and trivia via Facebook and Twitter.

Your Dog Magazine

http://www.yourdog.co.uk/

I recently started following Your Dog Magazine one Twitter. Your Dog Magazine is a best-selling magazine published in Great Britain. They offer advice, breed profiles, report on competitions, news, and more! I especially enjoy the fresh perspective our neighbors across the Atlantic provide.

DVM360.com

http://www.dvm360.com/

If you want to stay up to date with the latest veterinary news and more, DVM360.com is for you. They share a lot of content from other sources and publish their own as well.

Crestwood Animal Hospital

http://www.crestwoodvethospital.com/

Based in Crestwood, Kentucky, Crestwood Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary clinic. They share content aimed at educating their clients about general pet care.

Dogs Naturally Magazine

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/

Sometimes produces sensational headlines; however, their advice and information is important in an ever-changing pet care environment. If you are looking for a holistic approach to pet care, Dog Naturally Magazine has a team of experts that will keep you in the loop.


In closing, it is important to note that some of these resources present information that conflicts with the other resources. The important thing to remember is to stay open-minded because with each source you will get closer to knowing the truth about animal care.

Often times, we look for information that we agree with rather than exploring the opposing viewpoints of other sources. When we do this, we miss out on discerning the real truth and never learn anything. So if you choose to follow these sources as I do, be prepared to hear both sides of the story. Only then, will you truly be able to draw your own conclusions based on the truth that is hidden somewhere in the midst of the conflicting arguments. 

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