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PetHelpful is a place for pet owners, experts, and animal lovers to read and write about all things pets! Whether you consider your dog to be your best friend, or you’re an out-and-proud cat person, or if you keep fish, lizards, hamsters, horses, chickens, or you have as many pets as Old MacDonald, this is where you can write about your experiences, expertise, and advice for readers who love animals as much as you do.

To write for PetHelpful, authors must comply with HubPages’ editorial policy, which can be found on our HubPages’ Editorial Policy Page.

Additionally, due to the critical nature of the content, and how negatively inaccurate advice can affect both pets and their owners, articles about pet health or dog training must contain evidence of expertise or personal experience. The About the Author Bio is a great way to add information about yourself that will help your reader trust your content.

How Do I Demonstrate Credibility?

When evaluating your article, we are looking for you to demonstrate credibility in one (or more) of these three ways:

  1. Professional experience. Are you a veterinarian or dog behavioral specialist? We would love to have you educate us about some aspect of your professional experience.
  2. Personal experience. Do you have personal experience with a specific pet health condition? We would love to hear your unique story.
  3. Citing your sources. If you do not have direct personal or professional experience with your topic, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t write on these topics—it just means our criteria might be a bit different for you. Clearly, you’ve done your homework to write your article, and we’d like you to share where you found your information. (See “How to Cite My Sources,” below.)

How Do I Build Reader Trust?

Because your content can potentially impact the health of your readers’ pets, it is important to establish trust right from the start. Here are three easy features that appear at the very beginning of your article that will help you do just that:

  1. Author bio. Nothing builds trust like an author bio. Say something about who you are, what you do—and most importantly—whether you have any personal or professional experience with your topic. (Note: The author bio is different from the author profile you might already have created on HubPages.)
  2. Use your real name. Using your real name (or a pen name), rather than a cute/clever/random moniker, can also help build reader trust. An author named “coolbeans” doesn’t sound quite as credible as an author with a name that sounds real.

Why Is It Important to Cite My Sources?

Okay, Tell Me How to Cite My Sources…

A Few Additional Tips:

In addition to these requirements, we have listed below some recommendations and tips on how to craft high quality articles for PetHelpful.

What We Like to See:

What to Avoid:

Content Restrictions:

PetHelpful is for general animal health and wellness information only and does not substitute for veterinary medical advice. Only a licensed veterinarian can legally diagnose, prognose, prescribe (medication, drugs, appliances), and treat an animal. With the exception of administering emergency aid, language that suggests any of the above-mentioned duties without the supervision of a licensed veterinarian is in violation of our editorial policy. Always consider your safety first when working with animals. Research local wildlife laws before attempting to approach or aid wildlife in distress.

Here are some examples of articles on PetHelpful that exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:

A quick note: All of the HubPages network sites are a blending of professional editing and writers like you.

If you are intrigued by our community and would like to write for PetHelpful, we’d love to have you! In order to set up an account to begin writing, please sign up on HubPages. Articles are initially written on our parent platform and then, if they are high enough quality, moved to one of our network sites like PetHelpful.

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