Libraries Change Lives: A Pet Owner’s Story

Librarianship | August 14, 2018

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For many people, pets are like family members ─ children even ─ and as such, their owners want the best health care for them. Pet owners often struggle over just how far to go when making decisions regarding veterinary care, so conducting research at a local library is a great way to help make those decisions.

According to the American Pet Products Association, U.S. pet owners spent $66.8 billion on their pets in 2016, compared with $38.5 billion in 2006. Almost half of that was for food, almost one-fourth for vet care and just over one-fifth was for supplies and over-the-counter medicine[1].

Inspired by the American Library Association (ALA) initiative Libraries Transform, Kathy, an EBSCO Information Services employee, took to her art to portray how she used library resources to make a difficult choice after her aging dog was diagnosed with oral melanoma.

Focusing on full-text articles that analyzed short term and long term effects, success rates and expense of the treatment options,  Kathy used different databases including, Academic Search™ Complete, to conduct her research. On veterinary topics alone, this resource contains dozens of journal titles such as: The American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Journal and Veterinary & Comparative Oncology. (You can find the full title list for Academic Search Complete here.)

At EBSCO, we know that libraries change lives and are dedicated to providing the resources that can help you accomplish that mission. 

Kathy felt confident that the information she found was fully researched and came from trustworthy sources. Better yet, there was a certain comfort in knowing she could access these resources from her home, using just a computer and library card.

At EBSCO, we know that libraries change lives and are dedicated to providing the resources that can help patrons accomplish that mission. Check out Kathy’s video on her experience to inspire your community and share how the library is an important resource in making tough decisions.

#LibrariesChangeLives from EBSCO on Vimeo.

[1] Esswein, P.M. & Pitsker, K. (2018). Trim the cost of pet care. Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 72(5), 62-67.

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