If you're in need of advice on the health of your cat, these sources may help you at no charge.
Obviously, if you have a health emergency with your cat, you need to take your kitty to a veterinarian, or a local animal hospital.
There are times, however, either before or after getting help from your local vet for a non-emergency situation, that it can be helpful to get input from a qualified vet online.
Not to diagnose a problem directly, of course, but just to see if you're going in the right direction, and if there are treatment options and possibilities you haven't thought of.
In fact, there are several very obvious advantages to getting advice in this way.
First, it's free (or much lower cost than visiting your vet).
Second, you don't even have to leave your house.
Third, you can use this type of service to validate your concerns over your cat's health, and/or the veterinary advice you're getting from your local vet.
I know it goes without saying, but I'm saying it anyway. Be careful out there. Be sure to read my rant "before consulting an online veterinarian."
There's a big demand for expert answers to questions on a host of pet related issues. With that has come a slew of online services, and I'm sure there will be many more. Some have come and gone in what seems like the blink of an eye.
OK, with all that said, below is a list of sites offering free online veterinarian advice (a few are almost free)...
AAHA HealthyPet Ask a Vet
The AAHA HealthPet.com website has an ask a veterinarian feature, and you can search previously asked questions as well once you create an account.
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Update: It appears as though petmd.com is using JustAnswer (a paid service) for vet questions.
Purina One Dr. Larry McDaniel
Purina One has an ask the veterinarian section. But, you'll wait a week or more just to see if your question was one of the ones chosen to be answered.
VetDVM has a question feature.
Veterinary partner has an ask the vet feature.
1-800-PetMeds has a question form.
Ask a vet
Dr. Ellen Schmidt answers questions via her website.
Dr. Les Wilner Phone Consult
Dr. Les Wilner does telephone consultations.
Ask Dr. Larry
Perhaps one of the better known online veterinarians is Dr. Larry, who answers questions for a fee. Dr. Larry Cohen is a practicing veterinarian, and has appeared on television on Animal Planet, Fox News, and shows such as The Pet Department.
Ask Dr. Neely
Dr. Shelby Neely has an "ask the cat doctor" service for a fee. Dr. Neely is a feline only vet with a life long passion for helping cats.
Update: Check the website as I believe she is not currently taking new questions.
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