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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How To Stop Your Dog From Slipping On The Floor: 10 Tips & Best Anti-Slip Picks

Is the flooring in your home like a built-in slip ‘n slide for your poor pup? Dogs slide around on slick floors for many reasons. Sometimes, all it takes is a quick fix to improve your pup’s traction. But some conditions, like old age, arthritis, leg injuries, or other health issues, cause dogs to slip on floors frequently. We’ll give you tips on how to identify the root cause of your furry friend’s instability. We also have several inexpensive solutions to help your pup get a good grip.

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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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6 Best Dog-Proof Trash Cans For Kitchens, Bathrooms & More

Is your dog a dumpster diver in the making? You’re certainly not alone. Many dogs find our garbage as enticing as a new toy. In addition to the massive mess they create, it’s simply not safe for pups to rummage through our trash. From discarded human foods that are toxic for dogs to choking hazards, sharp objects, and discarded products containing harmful chemicals, our waste contains many dangers for our furry friends. Fortunately, you have many solutions to keep your trash undisturbed and your dog safe.

How Many Nipples Do Dogs Have?

Of all the random things you can wonder about your canine companion, have you ever been curious about how many nipples dogs are supposed to have? And do male dogs have nipples? Veterinarians actually get these questions fairly often, so you’re not alone if you’re wondering if your pup is normal. Learn everything you ever wanted to know and more about dog nipples.

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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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Best Light-Up Dog Collars, LED Harnesses & More

If you walk your pup often in the dark, you may need a light-up dog collar for your and your dog’s safety. Lighted dog collars make it easier for drivers to spot your dog and help illuminate your pathway while you’re on walks. They’re also an excellent way to keep eyes on your off-leash pup during nighttime outdoor adventures. We’ve found the best light-up dog collars for you to consider, plus alternative LED accessories.

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DNA My Dog Reviews: What Can This At-Home Breed Identification Test Tell You?

Have you always wondered about your dog’s mysterious mix of breeds? If you got your dog from a shelter or a rescue, you likely have no concrete idea. With the DNA My Dog breed identification test kit, you may be able to confirm some of your suspicions about what the heck your dog is. But is this the best DNA breed test for the results you want? We uncover all the details about DNA My Dog to help you decide.

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Best Dog Goggles: Do Dogs Need Glasses? Best For All Sized Dogs

Believe it or not, sunglasses and goggles are popular accessories for dogs. But does your dog need glasses? Are they just a waste of money? Glasses for dogs do more than merely bring out the hipster in your dog. They can help their eye health and vision. Learn more about this functional fashion statement and prescription glasses for dogs.

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10 Most Common Dog Skin Conditions

Skin conditions are among the top three health concerns in dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and other experts. Unfortunately, dogs are prone to many different skin conditions, and as pet parents, it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact problem. Many dog skin conditions appear as itchy, red skin, and others are scabby bumps with hair loss. We’ll help give you an overview of the most common dog skin conditions, including the causes, symptoms to look out for, and typical treatment protocols. If you think your dog could be suffering from a specific condition, be sure to click on our links for more information about each condition.

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Dog Skin Infections: How To Spot The Signs And When To Seek Treatment

Is your dog’s irritated skin giving you cause for concern? You’re not alone. Dogs are extremely prone to skin problems. In fact, skin conditions are the second most common ailment that dog parents face when seeking veterinary care. If your dog is itching or licking incessantly or he has patches of skin that don’t look normal, your dog could have a skin infection. We’ll tell you what to look out for, when it’s time to see your vet, and other need-to-know information about skin infections…

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Antibiotics For Dogs: For UTIs, Ear Infections, Skin Infections & More

Antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed medications for dogs. There are many different types to treat a wide variety of infections. If you’re wondering which are the most effective, we have the lowdown. We explain which are the best for certain conditions, potential side effects, and other need-to-know information.

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Cuddle Clones Reviews: Are These Custom Stuffed Animals Of Your Pet Worth It?

Cuddle Clones promises to create a nearly exact replica of your beloved pet in a high-quality plush form. If you love your pet as much as we do, it’s an enticing option to have stuffed animals that look like your pet. The company has even been highlighted in some major U.S. media. But are Cuddle Clones’ plush replica products as great as they claim? And what other custom pet products do they offer? We’ve done our research about Cuddle Clones to help you decide if their products are worth their high price tag.

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