Sally Jones

Sally has been a writer and copy editor for Canine Journal for many years. She has 25+ years of professional writing and editing experience. She also has years of experience in public relations, marketing, and fundraising communications, specializing in health care communications. Her past work history and major freelance clients include the UVA Health System, the VCU Health System, the MCV Foundation, and various local and regional publications. Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her writing career as a graduate student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been researching and writing about dogs for Canine Journal since 2015, specializing in dog health articles. But she also has written extensively about dog accessories, pet insurance, training, and many other dog subjects. Her work has appeared in several notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more. Sally has never lived in a home without pets. Now, she and her two daughters, who live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, are proud pet parents of all rescued pets (one dog and four cats). If they had room, there would be many more! They can’t imagine life without a home full of their fun and loving furry companions.

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Dog Ear Infections: Symptoms And Treatment

Has your dog been scratching or rubbing her ears more than usual? How can you tell if it’s just normal “ear play” or if there’s something to worry about? Ear infections in dogs are one of the most common problems veterinarians see, but it’s difficult as a dog owner to decipher what’s exactly going on with your pup and when you should seek treatment. Read further to get our tips about how to spot, treat and prevent dog ear infections. It’s important not to wait until it becomes a serious problem for your pup…

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Best Pet Insurance That Pays Vets Directly

Having pet insurance can help you save a ton of money for unexpected expensive vet bills and emergency care. But most pet insurance companies require you to pay your vet directly, and then they reimburse you. What are your options if you don’t have savings or a credit card to pay upfront for what could be hundreds to thousands of dollars? Fortunately, we’ve found your best options for pet insurance with direct payments.

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Best Dog Houses: Extreme Weather, Igloo, Insulated, Luxury, Budget, Portable

Don’t find yourself in the dog house because you’re not giving your dog adequate shelter. If your pup spends a lot of time outside, he needs protection from rain, wind, snow, and sun. A sturdy, high-quality dog house can offer a place to stay safe from all the elements. See which ones we recommend for all kinds of situations.

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PetHonesty Reviews: Allergy Relief, Allergy Immunity, Calming Hemp, Multivitamin, Grass Green, Probiotics And More

Many commercial dog treats on the market aren’t healthy for your pup and can even contribute to obesity. That’s why the owners of PetHonesty launched their line of healthy pet treats and other health-related pet products in 2018 — to fill what they saw as a major gap in the marketplace. PetHonesty now offers an extensive line of vitamins, chews, oils, and other products made with natural, super-healthy ingredients. What health issues do their many products address? And are their products effective and safe to help your pet? We give you our expert review of PetHonesty to answer these questions and more.

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8 Best Dog Allergy Supplements: Anti-Itch Chews, Oils, Vitamins & More

Itchy skin and digestive issues are common problems with our pups. And sometimes, allergies or intolerances to environmental or food allergens are to blame. If you suspect your dog’s symptoms are due to allergies, you’re certainly not alone. That’s why the commercial market is flooded with supplements that claim to relieve dog allergies. As with all consumer products, some allergy supplements for dogs are of higher quality and more effective than others. We’ve done our research to weed through your options. We hope you can find allergy relief for your furry friend with one of our top picks.

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Dog Allergy Treatment: What’s The Best Allergy Relief For Dogs?

Unfortunately, allergies are quite common in dogs, and they can be allergic to a variety of things. The most common culprits are environmental allergens, fleas, and food. If you think your dog has an allergy, you’re likely wondering what veterinary treatment is available. Or if your pup’s symptoms are mild, what are your best options for at-home allergy relief for dogs? We’ll help you navigate the complicated and worrisome problem of how to treat dog allergies.

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BIXBI Dog Food Reviews: Rawbble Kibble, Freeze-Dried, Treats, Supplements & More

One of the best ways to care for your dog’s health is to provide the healthiest food possible. More and more pup owners are turning to all-natural diets as a far superior alternative to overly processed kibble. BIXBI’s extensive line of premium dog food, treats, and supplements are among several high-quality, healthier options on the market. What sets their products apart from the pack? We’ll help you decide if BIXBI is the best food for your pup.

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10 Best Dog Vitamins And Supplements For Enhanced Health

If you’re like four out of five adults in the U.S. who take vitamins or supplements, you may wonder if they’re a good idea for your furry family member as well. Do dogs actually need to supplement their diets with vitamins and other nutrients? Which vitamins do dogs need? Are you sure your dog is getting all of the necessary nutrients from his diet? We’ll help answer these questions and more to help you understand your dog’s dietary needs.

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Best CBD Dog Treats: An Easy Alternative To CBD Oils

Have you heard about the latest all-natural remedy to help your dog with anxiety, chronic pain, and other health issues? An increasing number of pet parents turn to cannabidiol (better known as CBD oil) to improve their dogs’ lives. However, some dogs turn their snouts up if you try to apply CBD oil on their tongue or mix it in with their food. CBD dog treats and other edibles can be a good alternative — as long as you find high-quality products.

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Best Freeze-Dried Dog Treats: Beef Liver, Chicken, Salmon & More

Freeze-dried dog treats and food have been gaining in popularity over the last few years. Freeze-drying is a process that preserves nutrients in raw food ingredients, producing a shelf-stable and lightweight dog food product. Are freeze-dried dog treats safe? And what are the best ones you can find? We share the pros and cons of freeze-dried dog treats. We’ve also chosen some of the best freeze-dried meat dog treats on the market and give you a couple of homemade recipes.

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