As a follow-up to our post earlier this week about Dr. Nancy Kay’s tips on how to find worthwhile canine health information online, here’s a suggestion for how to set up a wide net when doing research for your senior dog’s needs:
Google Alerts are a tool that makes Google do the searching for you and then delivers the results on your subjects of interest—as found on web sites, articles, blogs, etc.—to your inbox. Here’s how Google Alerts work:
“You enter a query that you’re interested in.
Google Alerts checks regularly to see if there are new results for your query.
If there are new results, Google Alerts sends them to you in an email.“
Visit Google here to set up Google Alerts. You don’t have to have a Google account, there’s no cost and you can set up as many alerts as you like. You can choose to receive an email “as it happens,” a once-a-day roundup or a once-a-week listing of your query results.
Find a list of tips on creating alerts here. For example, putting quote marks around a word or words will deliver Google search results that contain only that specific word or words.
One of my Google Alerts is “senior dogs.” Once a day, I receive an email with all the Google search results that contain the exact phrase “senior dogs.” Sometimes there’s a lot of online “junk food” in the results but more often the results are helpful, interesting, inspiring or entertaining!