About The Experts

Leslie Smith, San Francisco, CA

Leslie has always been a dog lover and a writer. She grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, with two Cocker Spaniels, a pen, and a notebook constantly at her side. She attended UCLA and worked as a writer for several start-ups before moving to writing full time about dogs and animal advocacy. A longtime volunteer, she spends two days a week at her local shelter. She’s also the editor for DogTime.com.


Dr. William Fortney, Kansas State University

Veterinarian William Fortney is a pet expert, from basic care tips to significant research. He is currently a faculty member in the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine as an outreach coordinator for pet infectious diseases and diagnostic testing strategies for ill pets. Fortney's teaching expertise lies in small animal geriatrics, pediatrics and dermatology and small animal population medicine.

Fortney has presented more than 400 national and international lectures on small animal geriatrics and pediatrics and has written numerous scientific articles and books on those subjects.