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As a pet parent, you’ve gone through highs and lows — the fun and the yucky times — with your pet. From teaching your furry friend new tricks to caring for them when they’re sick (even at 3 am), you’d do anything to keep them happy and healthy. But accidents happen — and you might not know what to do. If you’ve ever googled your pet’s symptoms and scoured the internet for advice, we’ve 100% been in your shoes. So, we created betterpet, a place for responsible pet parents like you!
Our community is made up of board-certified veterinarians, veterinary technicians, PhDs, and professional content creators who obsess over your pet’s well-being. Our advice helps millions of pet parents like yourself safely care for and have fun with their furry family members. We’re pet parents too — and we want to help you feel reassured about your pet’s care.
We’re reader supported. Sometimes we make money when you buy products listed on our site. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Our promise to you is that advertisers or pressure from manufacturers will never influence which products or services we recommend. Your pet’s wellbeing is our only goal.
All of the products we recommend are reviewed by our team of board certified veterinarians. Many of the products we share have also been tested and reviewed in-house to give you the most accurate firsthand insights. Our team reviews ingredients, past and current recalls, customer reviews, manufacturing practices, and more to ensure the safety of our recommended products. If we wouldn’t use it on our own pets, we wouldn’t recommend it for yours.
Pictured is Sara Ondrako, betterpet’s product review expert
Sara Ondrako is a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (IAABC) and veterinary nurse with over 20 years of experience in private practice, emergency, critical care, and surgery. She’s the founder of The American Pit Bull Foundation and has had dozens of published articles and requests for statements in publications such as Time, Newsweek, and Charlotte Magazine.
Everything we publish is created alongside our team of experts. Whether it’s a guide on caring for your dog’s hyperkeratosis or tips for camping with your cat, all of our content is crafted diligently by our entire team. We’re talking about a rigorous editorial process that involves multiple contributors, dozens of revisions and professional journalism-grade editing.
Our editors and writers manage all content to ensure it’s reflective of the latest scientific research and news in the pet industry. Each professional on our editorial staff is selected and vetted for journalistic and pet expertise. We conduct extensive research, find up to date statistics and information, and collaborate with our veterinary board. With certified veterinary technicians, shelter volunteers, and pet owners on staff, we’re a passionate team that genuinely cares about the well-being of all animals.
Our content’s integrity and quality is top priority for our team — because without trusted facts and sources, you wouldn’t get the accurate information you’re looking for! We rely on peer-reviewed studies, government institutions, and experts in the pet industry (AVMA, ASPCA, and AKC) to ensure our information is as accurate and updated as possible.
There’s a lot of misinformation online when it comes to topics about your pet’s well-being. Often, it’s just plain unscientific advice, which can be dangerous when you’re seeking factual, medically sound answers. It’s far too difficult to determine whether peppermint oil really is dangerous for your dog. And don’t even get us started on grain-free diets. (They’re bad, but not for the reason everyone thinks they are.) That’s why we have a team of board-certified veterinarians to fact-check all of our information.
Have you noticed a little blue checkmark next to the name of an author in our content? That means a certified veterinarian on our team reviewed the article from start to finish. Our veterinarians collaborate with writers and editors on our team to continually provide helpful insights, fact-check, and ensure you’re getting the most accurate and medically sound information for your pet. They also review any products we might recommend to ensure they’re safe and effective.
Dr. Aronson has over 35 years of veterinary experience and earned his Veterinary Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He owns and operates the PAWS Veterinary Center with his wife, Dr. Geren T. Thurston in Arizona. He is also a keynote speaker, pet product consultant, and hosts the Radio Pet Vet — a call-in style FM radio show for answering pet-related questions.
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, 2013 — Erica practices at a 24/7 small animal hospital with a focus on cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, and integrative medicine. When she’s not working or writing, Erica enjoys spending time with her husband, their son, and their six cats and three dogs.
Dwight Alleyne is a 2006 Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine graduate. He has been practicing veterinary medicine for the past 15 years in Georgia. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, he enjoys writing for his very own blog, exercising, and bicycling. He is an owner of a beloved cat named Queen.
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, 2012 — Leslie lives in Indiana with her husband, son, and cat named Callie. She runs her own house-call practice and spends much of her free time volunteering in the community, from Meals on Wheels to working with pets of the homeless and vulnerable.
Dr. Michelle Diener received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University in 2006. She has been practicing small animal medicine for over 15 years in North Carolina, specializing in dogs and cats. She has two dogs and an Amazon parrot. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, cycling, and fishing.
Shoshi Parks is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-ka), Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) and Ph.D. She is the owner of Modern Hound Dog Training in San Jose, California and a former dog training instructor at the San Francisco SPCA.
Dr. Michele King practices veterinary medicine for small animals on the coast of South Texas, having graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002. She spends her time between emergency medicine and High-Quality, High-Volume spay/neuter surgeries and is passionate about decreasing pet overpopulation. In her spare time, she enjoys bird watching and beach photography.
Bryony is a freelance writer from Kent. She has both an MSc and BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which she uses to analyze and disseminate scientific news and topics. Her blog BrynsteinScience allows her to express her creative side whilst engaging in scientific communication. She hopes to one day be a science journalist with a focus on animal-related topics and issues.
Jennifer is a Certified Veterinary Technician and student of the University of Central Florida’s Biology (BS) – Zoology and Pre-Veterinarian Science program. She has worked for Banfield Pet Hospital and the Animal Health Department at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She spends her time with her two children and Great Danes, Donte and Snow.
Dr. O’Sullivan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Following graduation, she completed a small animal general medicine and surgery internship followed by an emergency and neurology/neurosurgery internship. Since then, she has practiced small animal general medicine and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys going on adventures with her husband and their dog, Cooper.
Dr. Trisha Shanteau is a 2016 graduate of Virginia- Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a general practice relief veterinarian in South Carolina. She is also passionate about education and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Veterinary Education.
Reach out to our team here if you have a concern, suggestion, or need help with a specific question that we haven’t covered on our site.