american pet pro policies

Ethics Policy

Contributors to AmericanPetPro.com are independent contractors who create and publish content on the site and related email properties, collectively (the “Site” or “American Pet Pro”). Contributors are compensated in part based on the content length and type that they create and/or the page views of the Site containing the content they create.

American Pet Pro contractually requires that its contributors maintain high ethical standards and all legal requirements, including Federal Trade Commission (FTC) disclosure requirements. The contributors, and not the Site, are responsible for their own compliance with these standards.

These contributors and other writers provide advice and information that they intend to be not only practical but trustworthy. These contributors and other writers write and are responsible for their content, and this content is made available on American Pet Pro “AS IS”. Your use of the Site is subject to our Terms of Use below (including any disclaimers).

The content of AmericanPetPro.com is not ever intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. In no way will the content on our Site ever knowingly advocate the committing of harm on a person, persons or animal.

Disclaimers & Disclosures

ⓘ Updated on August 25th, 2019.

This page was created to provide additional clarity on how we create the content of this website, our relationships with product companies and manufacturers, etc. We are also disclosing this information in an effort to be in accordance with the FTC’s “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising“. 16 CFR, Part 255.

ⓘ The disclaimers and disclosures below apply to all contents contained on https://www.americanpetpro.com, which will be referred to further as American Pet Pro.

Advice Disclaimer

The contents of American Pet Pro, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on this site (“Content”) are for informational purposes only.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet.

Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website!

American Pet Pro does not assume liability for any actions taken by visitors after consuming the content found on AmericanPetPro.com.

Receipt of Products

In some cases for our reviews, we receive the product for free in exchange for us considering writing a review (in some cases, where noted specifically, we may just provide a summary of the findings of customers elsewhere). Simply receiving a product does not guarantee we will publish a review of it; and we make this very clear to the brands.

The content of our reviews is a true and objective opinion in line with our mission. With that being said, we have received products from the following companies for free:

  • (none at this time)

ⓘ We update this list each time a brand (that’s not on here already) sends us something.

Affiliate Links

In some cases on our reviews you may find “affiliate links.

Essentially what that entails, is that if you click the link and buy something, we may receive a commission from the sale. This comes at no cost to you whatsoever. It just means that the origin of the sale is tracked back to our website.

We may also provide a coupon for a product or service that is used to track the source of a sale, for which we may then be compensated.

Not all companies pay a commission.

So in an effort to provide full transparency for those reading the reviews, below we will disclose the list of companies with whom we have a direct affiliate relationship (either through direct link or coupons we provide).

  • (none at this time)

ⓘ We update this list each time a brand (that’s not on here already) sends us something.

We may also may link to general e-commerce sites where we receive an affiliate commission, though we have no direct relationship with the company that manufactures the product. For example, we link to a particular product on Amazon.com and receive a commission, though this is purely a relationship with Amazon, and not a relationship with the product’s manufacturer.

These other, general sites include:

  • Amazon.com

We are a member of the Amazon Associates Program. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.

ⓘ We update this list each time a brand (that’s not on here already) sends us something.

Terms of Use

ⓘ Updated August 25th, 2019.

ⓘ These terms of use apply to all usage of and contents contained on https://www.americanpetpro.com.

1. Credit

This document was created using a Contractology template available at http://www.contractology.com.

2. Introduction

AmericanPetPro.com is owned and operated by Golden Ape Media LLC and shall be referred to as (“American Pet Pro”, the “Company”, “we”, or “us”). Access to and use of the Site is subject to these terms and conditions of use (“Terms of Use”).

  • “Site” or “American Pet Pro” shall include any information or services made available by American Pet Pro, regardless of the medium, and shall include, without limitation any affiliated websites, mobile applications, videos, products and applications we make available. We reserve the right at any time, and from time to time, to modify, suspend or discontinue (temporarily or permanently) the Site, or any part of the Site, with or without notice.
  • The Site is not intended for users under 13 years of age. If you are under 13, do not use the Site and do not provide us with any personal information.
  • We make no claims that the Site or any of its content is accessible or appropriate outside of the United States. Access to the Site may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Site from outside the United States, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws and regulations.

This website uses cookies.  By using this website and agreeing to these terms and conditions, you consent to AmericanPetPro.com’s use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy and cookies policy.

3. License to use website

Unless otherwise stated, American Pet Pro and/or its licensors own the intellectual property rights in the website and material on the website.  Subject to the license below, all these intellectual property rights are reserved.

You may view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages from the website for your own personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these terms and conditions.

You must not:

  • republish material from this website (including republication on another website);
  • sell, rent or sub-license material from the website;
  • show any material from the website in public;
  • reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit material on this website for a commercial purpose;
  • edit or otherwise modify any material on the website; or
  • redistribute material from this website, except for content specifically and expressly made available for redistribution.

Where content is specifically made available for redistribution, it may only be redistributed within your organisation.

4. Acceptable use

You must not use this website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website; or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.

You must not use this website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software.

You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to this website without AmericanPetPro.com’s express written consent.

You must not use this website to transmit or send unsolicited commercial communications.

You must not use this website for any purposes related to marketing without AmericanPetPro.com’s express written consent.

5. Restricted access

Access to certain areas of this website is restricted. We reserves the right to restrict access to other areas of this website, or indeed this entire website, at our discretion.

If AmericanPetPro.com provides you with a user ID and password to enable you to access restricted areas of this website or other content or services, you must ensure that the user ID and password are kept confidential.

AmericanPetPro.com may disable your user ID and password at our sole discretion without notice or explanation.

6. User content

In these terms and conditions, “your user content” means material (including without limitation text, images, audio material, video material and audio-visual material) that you submit to this website, for whatever purpose.

You grant to AmericanPetPro.com a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute your user content in any existing or future media.  You also grant the right to sub-license these rights, and the right to bring an action for infringement of these rights.

Your user content must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any third party’s legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action whether against you or AmericanPetPro.com, Golden Ape Media LLC, or a third party (in each case under any applicable law).

You must not submit any user content to the website that is or has ever been the subject of any threatened or actual legal proceedings or other similar complaint.

We reserve the right to edit or remove any material submitted to this website, or stored on our servers, or hosted or published upon this website.

Notwithstanding AmericanPetPros.com’s rights under these terms and conditions in relation to user content, it does not undertake to monitor the submission of such content to, or the publication of such content on, this website.

7. No warranties

 This website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. We make no representations or warranties in relation to this website or the information and materials provided on this website.

Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, AmericanPetPro.com does not warrant that:

  • this website will be constantly available, or available at all; or
  • the information on this website is complete, true, accurate or non-misleading.

Nothing on this website constitutes, or is meant to constitute, advice of any kind. If you require advice in relation to any legal, financial or medical, matter you should consult an appropriate professional.

8. Limitations of liability

AmericanPetPro.com and/or Golden Ape Media LLC will not be liable to you (whether under the law of contact, the law of torts or otherwise) in relation to the contents of, or use of, or otherwise in connection with, this website:

  • for any indirect, special or consequential loss; or
  • for any business losses, loss of revenue, income, profits or anticipated savings, loss of contracts or business relationships, loss of reputation or goodwill, or loss or corruption of information or data.

These limitations of liability apply even if AmericanPetPro.com and/or Golden Ape Media LLC has been expressly advised of the potential loss.

9. Reasonableness

By using this website, you agree that the limitations of liability set out in this website disclaimer are reasonable.

If you do not think they are reasonable, you must not use this website.

10. Other parties

You accept that, as a limited liability entity, Golden Ape Media has an interest in limiting the personal liability of its officers and employees.  You agree that you will not bring any claim personally against the Company’s officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website.

Without prejudice to the foregoing paragraph, you agree that the limitations of warranties and liability set out in this website disclaimer will protect the Company’ officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns and sub-contractors as well as the Company and the Site.

11. Unenforceable provisions

If any provision of this website disclaimer is, or is found to be, unenforceable under applicable law, that will not affect the enforceability of the other provisions of this website disclaimer.

12. Indemnity

You hereby indemnify the Site and undertake to keep the Site indemnified against any losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including without limitation legal expenses and any amounts paid by the Company to a third party in settlement of a claim or dispute on the advice of the Company’s legal advisers) incurred or suffered by us arising out of any breach by you of any provision of these terms and conditions.

13. Breaches of these terms and conditions

Without prejudice to the Site’s other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach these terms and conditions in any way, We may take such action as we deem appropriate to deal with the breach, including suspending your access to the website, prohibiting you from accessing the website, blocking computers using your IP address from accessing the website, contacting your internet service provider to request that they block your access to the website and/or bringing court proceedings against you.

14. Variation

We may revise these terms and conditions from time-to-time.  Revised terms and conditions will apply to the use of this website from the date of the publication of the revised terms and conditions on this website.  Please check this page regularly to ensure you are familiar with the current version.

15. Assignment

We may transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with the Site’s rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions without notifying you or obtaining your consent.

You may not transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with your rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions.

16. Severability

If a provision of these terms and conditions is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect.  If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

17. Entire agreement

These terms and conditions, together with our privacy policy, and other disclaimers, constitute the entire agreement between you and the Site in relation to your use of this website, and supersede all previous agreements in respect of your use of this website.

18. Law and jurisdiction

These terms and conditions will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Delaware, USA and any disputes relating to these terms and conditions will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of their courts.

19. DMCA Policy

American Pet Pro deals with copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You may not post, upload, or otherwise place any content or information on the Site that belongs to a third party, unless you have the legal right to do so. If you believe in good faith that your copyrighted work has been reproduced on our Site without authorization in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify our designated copyright agent either by mail to Copyright Agent (Legal), 9400 NE 121st Place Seattle, WA 98034 or in an email to americanpetpros<at>gmail.com.

This contact information is only for suspected copyright infringement. Please include the following:

  • Your physical or electronic signature.
  • Identification of the copyrighted work you believe to have been infringed or, if the claim involves multiple works on the Site, a representative list of such works.
  • Identification of the material you believe to be infringing in a sufficiently precise manner to allow us to locate that material, such as the precise URL (web page) that it appeared on, along with any copies you have of that web page.
  • Adequate information by which we can contact you (including your name, postal address, telephone number and email address).
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.
  • A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the written notice is accurate and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
  • Please be aware that if you knowingly materially misrepresent that material or activity on the Site is infringing your copyright, you may be held liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees).

It is the policy of American Pet Pro to disable the accounts of users who repeatedly post infringing material on the Site.

How to Contact Us

Send your feedback, comments, requests for technical support and other communications relating to the Site to: americanpetpros <at> gmail.com or using our contact form.

Requests to use and reproduce content published on American Pet Pro’s should be directed to the same email.

Privacy Policy

Effective April 7, 2019. Updated August 25, 2019.

ⓘ This policy applies to all usage of and contents contained on https://www.americanpetpro.com, which will be referred to further as American Pet Pro.

1. Introduction

1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors.

1.2 This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of our website visitors; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.

1.3 We use cookies on our website. Insofar as those cookies are not strictly necessary for the provision of our website, we will ask you to consent to our use of cookies when you first visit our website.

2. Credit

2.1 This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (https://seqlegal.com).

3. How we use your personal data

3.1 In this Section 3 we have set out:

(a) the general categories of personal data that we may process;

(b) in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, the source and specific categories of that data;

(c) the purposes for which we may process personal data; and

(d) the legal bases of the processing.

3.2 We may process data about your use of our website and services (“usage data“). The usage data may include your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your use of our website. The source of the usage data is Google Analytics. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analyzing the use of the website. The legal basis for this processing is monitoring and improving our website.

3.3 We may process information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters (“notification data“). The notification data may be processed for the purposes of sending you the relevant newsletters. The legal basis for this processing is to communicate with you about website updates at your request.

3.4 We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us (“correspondence data“). The correspondence data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms. The correspondence data may be processed for the purposes of communicating with you and record-keeping. The legal basis for this processing is the proper administration of our website and business and communications with users.

3.5 In addition to the specific purposes for which we may process your personal data set out in this Section 3, we may also process any of your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

3.6 Please do not supply any other person’s personal data to us, unless we prompt you to do so.

4. Providing your personal data to others

4.1 We may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

5. International transfers of your personal data

5.1 In this Section 5, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

5.5 You acknowledge that personal data that you submit for publication through our website or services may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.

6. Retaining and deleting personal data

6.1 This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.

6.2 Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

6.3 We will retain your personal data as follows:

(a) Usage data will be retained for a minimum period of 3 years following the end of the year during which the usage data was collected, and for a maximum period of 1 year following that date.

(b) Notification data will be retained until the date you unsubscribe. You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the Unsubscribe link in any email from us.

(c) Correspondence data will be retained for a minimum period of 3 years following the end of the year when the relevant communication was sent, and for a maximum of 2 years following that date.

6.4 In some cases it is not possible for us to specify in advance the periods for which your personal data will be retained. In such cases, we will determine the period of retention based on the following criteria:

(a) the period of retention of notification data will be determined based on the dates you decide to subscribe and unsubscribe.

6.5 Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

7. Amendments

7.1 We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

7.2 You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

8. Your rights

8.1 In this Section 8, we have summarized the rights that you have under data protection law. Some of the rights are complex, and not all the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.

8.2 Your principal rights under data protection law are:

(a) the right to access;

(b) the right to rectification;

(c) the right to erasure;

(d) the right to restrict processing;

(e) the right to object to processing;

(f) the right to data portability;

(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and

(h) the right to withdraw consent.

8.3 You have the right to confirmation as to whether we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee.

8.4 You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, considering the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.

8.5 In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law; the processing is for direct marketing purposes; and the personal data have been unlawfully processed. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary: for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information; for compliance with a legal obligation; or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

8.6 In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.

8.7 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the processing is necessary for: the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of any official authority vested in us; or the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

8.8 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling for direct marketing purposes). If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.

8.9 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes on grounds relating to your situation, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

8.10 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is:

(a) consent; or

(b) that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract,

and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

8.11 If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.

8.12 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.

8.13 You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us.

9. About cookies

9.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

9.2 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

9.3 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

10. Cookies used by our service providers

10.1 Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

10.2 We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

11. Managing cookies

11.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);

(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences(Firefox);

(c) http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);

(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e) https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and

(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

11.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

11.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

12. Our details

12.1 This website is owned and operated by Golden Ape Media.

12.2 You can contact us using our website contact form or email americanpetpros <at> gmail.com.

Advertising Policy

ⓘ Updated August 25th, 2019.

Sponsored Content

American Pet Pro does not have paid sponsored content partnerships with any companies at this time, nor do we plan to at any point in the near future. Should this change, however, and we partner up with a company, they will be disclosed accordingly.

  • (none at this time)

ⓘ When and if this happens you can easily identify a sponsored piece as we will indicate it as such at the top of the post, and list the publisher here.