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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Chicken And Rice For Dogs: A Simple Homemade Recipe

For us humans, chicken noodle soup is a go-to when feeling ill. For dogs, many veterinarians suggest feeding your pup chicken and rice to settle an upset stomach. How much chicken and rice should you feed your dog to help him feel better? And how should you cook it? We’ll help you figure out how to help your pup’s ailing tummy with some tips and an easy recipe for boiled chicken and rice for dogs.

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Leptospirosis In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention & More

If you were a pup parent several years ago, you might recall leptospirosis hitting the news locally, regionally, or even nationally. Dogs contracted this disease from simply swimming in local streams and rivers and becoming seriously ill and even dying. It became a popular news topic for a fleeting moment. While the news hasn’t focused on this disease as much lately, it can still be a very real threat to your dog, depending on where your dog roams. What do you need to do to prevent your dog from getting sick? And if he does, what are the symptoms? We give you all the information you need to know about this disease that can become severe quickly…

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Staph Infection In Dogs: What Are The Signs And Treatment Options?

Most of us know the term “staph infections” because humans can contract them fairly easily. But did you know that dogs are totally susceptible to staph infections too? How do staph infections affect dogs? They’re mostly found on their skin but not always. Staph infections can become a serious threat to your dog’s health, so it’s crucial to know how to spot the signs and when to go to your vet…

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How To Trim Dog Nails At Home: How Often, Clipping, Grinding & More

Are you forking out a small fortune paying a groomer to trim your dog’s nails? It’s a necessary part of having a healthy and happy dog, but many pet owners dread doing it themselves. Nail trimming doesn’t have to be a negative experience for you and your dog. We run you through the steps to positively approach the process and to trim dog nails safely.

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Coconut Oil For Dogs: Is It A Safe All-Natural Alternative?

Coconut oil is all the rage these days as an all-natural remedy and dietary supplement for humans. And pet products, both oral and topical, that contain coconut oil are popping up everywhere too. What are the purported benefits of using coconut oil for your dog’s ailments? And is it really safe?

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Roundworms In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Roundworms are the most common worms in dogs, and many young puppies get infected. Although routine de-worming can prevent serious problems, it’s important to know how to spot the signs of a roundworm infestation in your pup. Left untreated, puppies and even some adult dogs can become very ill…

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Can Dogs (Or Cats) Get Coronavirus? Tips To Keep You & Your Pets Safe

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a small number of pets worldwide, including dogs and cats, have been reported to be infected with COVID-19, mostly after close contact with infected people. However, the risk of pets spreading the virus to people is low. See the latest news on COVID-19 and pets and CDC recommendations for pet owners.

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Dog Ownership Laws: Covering Custody Disputes & Stolen Dogs

Most dog owners consider pets part of our families. So what happens if a dispute arises over who owns a dog? Who gets to retain custody of your family dog when a couple divorces or if you die? Or how do you prove ownership if someone steals your dog? Understanding dog ownership laws can help you keep your furry best friend for good during a trying time…

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How Cold Is Too Cold For A Dog?

Many people think that dogs and cats are better protected from the cold because of their fur, but that’s not the case. Our furry companions are just as susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite as we are, so you need to keep them safe inside once temperatures drop. But what temperature is too cold for dogs? And when you inevitably have to take them out to potty (and for exercise), what’s the best way to protect them?

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Luxating Patella In Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & More

Have you noticed your dog occasionally hopping on one of his hind legs or walking on only three legs at times? If so, he could have a luxating patella, one of the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs. How does this knee problem affect dogs? Is surgery the only option for this chronic condition, or are there other treatments? We’ll help you figure out what you need to do if you suspect your dog has an ongoing knee problem.

Dog Anxiety: Know The Signs And How To Help Your Pup

Most dogs suffer from some form of anxiety from time to time, just as we humans do. It’s a normal emotional response. However, some dogs suffer from stress much more than others. The good news is that you have many ways to help your pup through turbulent experiences. And it’s best to help manage their anxiety before it worsens or becomes a chronic disorder down the road…

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