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Home to all pet parents and animal lovers alike, Petside offers practical advice on how to best care for pets. With a large library of thousands of comprehensive articles and reviews covering a diverse range of topics, including dogs, cats, fish, birds, and small animals, we want to give our readers an easy and reliable reference point to find the best products and services for their pets, as well as the most useful tips on training. Our team of researchers, writers, and trainers create and regularly update informative guides on a variety of pet topics with the single goal of helping you care for your pet.
Here at Petside, we genuinely care about the quality of content we share and we strive to maintain the highest standards of editorial independence. Our guides, blogs, and reviews are a product of honest and rigorous research and testing by a team of hard-working experts on animal wellbeing. Our content is always original, accurate, and continually updated so you can easily access engaging and reliable advice on how to best care for your pet.
Veterinary Review Board & Experts
Dr. Travis McDermott
Dr. Travis McDermott is a small animal veterinarian that has been practicing for nearly 15 years in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. McDermott was born and raised in the great State of Texas and grew up on an emu farm raising chickens and pigs for 4H and FFA. He attended Texas A&M University for both undergraduate and DVM studies. After graduation in 2006, Dr. Travis McDermott started practicing at Tropicana Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. In 2012, he took over as hospital director of Durango Animal Hospital – one of the largest veterinary hospitals in Las Vegas. Dr. McDermott treats dogs and cats as well pretty much any exotic animal that walks in the door. His interests include surgery, dental procedures, and ultrasound, but his main passion is endoscopy. Since becoming a veterinarian, Dr. McDermott has served as a board member and president/chair of both the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association Political Action Committee and currently serves on the board of the Viticus Group (formerly Western Veterinary Conference).
A former Special Forces Canine Handler, Destin Benoit has extensive knowledge and experience with military canine training. He has worked with multiple military dogs in the most stressful places and situations in the world. Currently, Destin is a SOC Canine Handler, aiding in the protection of the US diplomats abroad.
Jarrett Gilpin is a security officer at the University of Notre Dame, who, alongside his faithful vapor wake dog Toxi, works to help keep the students and teachers safe at the campus. Toxi’s job – sniffing out explosives – is highly responsible and often stressful, so to help keep his dog content and fit, Jarrett feeds him only premium quality foods and treats. And because even security dogs need to have fun in their spare time, dog toys are also a must-have. Apart from helping protect the public, Jarrett also loves sharing his knowledge on dog care and diet to help other pet owners keep their dogs happy, healthy, and well-behaved.