Sally Jones, Researcher/Writer & Editor

Sally has over 25 years of professional research, writing, and editing experience. Since joining Canine Journal (CJ) in 2015, she has researched and tested hundreds of dog accessories, services, and dog foods. In addition, she brings decades of experience in health sciences writing and communications and is the CJ resident expert on canine health issues. Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and an MA from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. Her work has appeared in several notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, and Huffington Post. Sally is currently a pet parent to a rescue dog, Tiny, and three rescue cats.

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Best Fresh Dog Food Delivery: Our Dogs Tested & Here Are Their Favorites

If you’re looking for whole-food ingredients without additives and preservatives for your pup’s diet, fresh dog food could be the perfect solution – especially if you and your dog aren’t fans of the usual overly processed dry kibble. Our experts give you our recommendations for the best companies to get fresh dog food delivered right to your door. It saves you the hassle of preparing food from scratch while ensuring that your dog gets all the nutrients he needs (which is a major concern with homemade dog food).

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Best Dog Food For Pugs: Wet, Dry, Puppy, For Allergies & More

Pugs are a beloved breed across the world for their affectionate, easy-going, and fun-loving temperaments. They get along well with children and other pets, making them a perfect addition for families. And their compact, sausagy size (along with their attentive buggy eyes) make them adorable companions for wherever you live. Unfortunately, Pugs suffer from an alarmingly high number of health problems compared to many other breeds. But feeding your Pug nutritious, premium dog food may help ease the risks and symptoms of some of these conditions down the road. We’ve researched hundreds of dog food brands and specific formulas to help you narrow down your best options to give your fur baby the healthiest diet possible.

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Best Dog Food Delivery Service 2024: PetFlow vs Chewy vs Amazon vs Ollie vs Farmers Dog vs Freshpet vs Nom Nom & More

You come home from a long day at work only to realize you forgot to pick up dog food on the way home. As pet parents, we’ve all been there. But there’s an easy way to keep your home stocked with the dog food of your choice. Dog’s diets are changing, and thus the options are expanding. According to a 2020 Wisdom Panel survey, 20% of dogs eat grain-free dog food, 19% eat specialty food, and culinary-based and high-protein pet foods are expected to grow by 30% or more in the next four years. Whether you’re looking for fresh dog food meals, personalized diets, all-natural kibble, traditional dog food, or sustainably sourced, we’ve got you covered. Discover the best dog food delivery services we’ve found for your dog’s nutritional needs.

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8 Best Dog Foods For Pancreatitis: Non-Prescription, Low-Fat, Wet, Dry & More

If your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, feeding her the ideal diet is crucial to manage this condition and keep her as healthy as possible for years to come. Your veterinarian may have suggested a prescription dog food, but is that your only option? While a handful of prescription diets are effective in managing pancreatitis, they’re pricey and may not work out if your pup has food intolerances or allergies to certain ingredients. Fortunately, you have several non-prescription options, which may be less expensive and super healthy alternatives. We’ve done our research and have determined that Ollie’s fresh chicken recipe, Nulo Freestyle Adult Trim formula, SquarePet VFS low-fat formul, and several others are among the best dog food for pancreatitis.

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Best Diabetic Dog Food: Non-Prescription, Budget-Friendly, Low-Carb & More

So, your vet has told you that your furry family member has diabetes mellitis. It can be a worrisome diagnosis for sure, but many diabetic dogs can have an excellent quality of life for many years as long as you’re vigilant about keeping the disease under control. The key to managing diabetes is to keep your pet’s blood sugar (glucose) near normal levels. For dogs, this requires daily insulin injections and a diet change in some cases — particularly for overweight dogs. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a diabetic canine’s diet. That’s because many factors affect each dog’s unique needs, including age, activity level, whether he’s overweight, the presence of any other health conditions, and more. But dog food ingredients can sometimes help keep a dog’s glucose levels more steady. We’ll explain some general diet guidelines and give your our reviews of some of the best food for dogs with diabetes.

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Best Dog Food For Dachshunds: Standard & Mini Doxies, Puppies, Seniors & More

Dachshunds, aka wiener or sausage dogs, are instantly recognizable and adored for their extremely short legs, long body and muzzle, and droopy ears. They’re consistently ranked among the most popular breed in the U.S. undoubtedly for their courageous, highly spirited, playful, and affectionate personalities. As a faithful doxie owner, the most important thing you can do is provide your spunky little guy with the healthiest diet throughout every stage of his life. Unfortunately, Dachshunds are particularly prone to obesity and suffer from a few breed-related health problems. And many have sensitive stomachs. All of these concerns can make finding the perfect dog food for your pup a challenge. Fortunately, we’ve researched hundreds of premium dog food brands and formulas and have some specific recommendations for your doxie’s nutritional needs at every life stage. All of our picks are the best dog food for mini Dachshunds as well as standard doxies.

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Nom Nom vs The Farmer’s Dog: The Battle Of Fresh Food Brands

In an increasingly competitive market for healthy dog food, Nom Nom and The Farmer’s Dog are two of the leading companies that offer fresh meals personalized for every single canine customer. These subscription-based brands don’t come cheap, so it’s important to learn about what they offer before signing up for your pup. We explore their recipe options, nutritional value, customer service, and many other features to help you decide.

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Royal Canin Dog Food Reviews: Is It Worth The Money?

Royal Canin is one of the most frequently recommended dog food brands by veterinarians, especially for its veterinary prescription line. This company bases its formulas on the science of pet nutrition and has been well-respected in the industry for decades. However, Royal Canin has its naysayers, particularly with the current explosion of all-natural, whole-ingredient pet food. Is Royal Canin good dog food? And is it worth the money? Ultimately, the answer to these questions comes down to your dog’s food preferences and your budget. We’ll give you an ingredient and nutritional analysis and much more to help you decide if Royal Canin is the best fit for your pup.

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Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes: 7 Vet-Approved & Nutritionally Complete

Imagine if you had to eat the same food every meal, every day of your life. Beyond being painfully dull, wouldn’t you question whether you’re getting a nutritionally complete and balanced diet? Welcome to a dog’s life. Long ago before commercially produced dog food, dogs ate a lot of the same foods as humans. There’s a reason our dogs beg for our food — they’re meant to eat a variety. We’ve cooked up some tips on how to make dog food, nutrition guidelines, and our favorite homemade dog food recipes.

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Badlands Ranch Dog Food Review: Is Superfood Complete Worth It? (Personal Experience)

You likely know Katherine Heigl as an American TV and movie actress, but did you know she’s also a staunch animal activist? Her passion for animal welfare drove her to launch a healthy new dog food brand, called Badlands Ranch, in 2022. Featuring all-natural, air-dried, and whole-food ingredients, Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete has quickly exploded in popularity. What’s the lowdown on this grain-free formula the company says “contains some of the healthiest foods on Earth?” Is it worth all the hype? And more important, is it the best diet for your pup?

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How Much Does The Farmer’s Dog Cost? Is It Worth It?

We all want to ensure that we keep our pups as healthy as possible, and feeding them all-natural, fresh dog food can go a long way in doing just that. But fresh is considerably more expensive than canned or kibble. The Farmer’s Dog is our favorite fresh dog food delivery service, but is it a good match for your furry friend and your wallet?

How much is Farmer’s Dog food? Because this brand personalizes your pup’s food, the answer depends on several factors. The Farmer’s Dog ranges anywhere from $15 to $100 or more per week. But to give you a better idea of the cost, I ran quotes for several different breeds and sizes. I also share some personal experiences with The Farmer’s Dog and why it’s our favorite fresh dog food delivery service.

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Exercise-Induced Collapse In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, Genetic Testing & More

Have you noticed your dog suddenly becoming weak and collapsing while exercising vigorously? There could be several causes of these symptoms. One possibility is Exercise-Induced Collapse (EIC) in dogs, a hereditary condition found in certain breeds. How can you find out if your dog is at risk for this potentially fatal disease? And what should you do if he exhibits the symptoms?

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