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.

Dog in wheelchair on beach (caption: Canine Hip Dysplasia)

Canine Hip Dysplasia: Signs, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment, End Stage & More

Is your pup showing symptoms of discomfort in his lower body or a reduction in mobility? He could be suffering from early signs of canine hip dysplasia. Fortunately, your dog doesn’t have to suffer. There are several treatment options available. Learn how to spot symptoms and see what treatments could help your pup regain strength to live a longer, happier life.

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7 Best Dog Carriers For Bikes: Baskets, Rear-Mounted, Backpacks & More

If you want to take your dog on as many outings as possible, biking is an excellent way to enjoy an exhilarating adventure with your pup. But is biking with your furry friend safe and easy? Most certainly — with the ideal gear. We found a surprising number of dog carriers for bikes on the market, and some are much safer and easier to use than others. See which products we’ve uncovered from our thorough research to help you find your best options.

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Spot Pet Insurance Review: Should You Consider This New Provider?

Spot Pet Insurance launched in 2019 with impressive coverage and two affordable wellness plans. And the company’s chairman is none other than Cesar Millan from “The Dog Whisperer.” But as a newcomer to an increasingly competitive industry, is Spot worth considering? We take a deep dive into what you can expect from their policies, pricing, claims process, customer service, and more.

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Malignant Melanoma In Dogs: Eye, Skin, Oral, Symptoms, And Treatments

In humans, malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but can dogs get melanoma? The unfortunate answer is yes — however, just like with humans, there are varying types of melanoma that affect different parts of a dog’s body. Some types are more serious than others.  But with any type of cancer, an early diagnosis is key to catching this potential killer before it’s too late.

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Dog Skin Cancer: 4 Common Types, Causes, Signs, Treatment & More

Have you found a lump or suspicious-looking lesion on your dog’s skin? The fear that your pup has cancer probably enters your mind almost immediately. But the good news is that most skin abnormalities on your dog aren’t cancerous, and an estimated 60% to 80% of skin tumors on dogs are benign (non-cancerous). But the not-so-good-news? The most common type of cancer in dogs is skin cancer. So it’s crucial to take your dog to the vet whenever you find a lump or other skin anomaly on your dog to get it checked out. Because it’s the most common cancer in dogs, you should be informed about the most common types, including the signs, treatment, and more.

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How To Get Dog Pee Smell Out Of Carpet: Best Cleaner For Dried & Old Urine

As dog owners, we’ve all been there. You got delayed at the office or running errands, and your dog couldn’t hold it any longer. Of course, he picked the perfect place on the carpet to pee. Or even worse, your pet has chosen a regular spot to relieve himself in your home because you haven’t been able to completely eliminate the smell. Never fear! We’ll give you some expert tips on how to get dog pee smell out of carpet for good…

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Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet, And What’s The Best Treatment For Dry Noses?

We’re sure you’ve found yourself telling your dog to get that cold, wet nose out of your personal space at some point! But have you ever wondered, ‘why do dogs have wet noses?’ Our favorite canine companions differ from us humans and our beloved feline friends in a puzzling way. Their noses are normally wet — and normally should be. But why are dogs’ noses wet? And if they’re not, does that mean that something’s wrong? Can you do anything to help your pup if his nose is dry? If so, what’s the best dog dry nose treatment? Here, we’ll answer all of your questions to put you and your pup at ease…

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Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes: Vet Approved And 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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What To Do If Your Dog Gets Stung By A Bee: Treatment, Symptoms & More

Bees and wasps are one of nature’s little miracles for a curious canine. It’s hard for pups to resist these flying and buzzing wonders. Unfortunately, dogs don’t understand the pain these insects can inflict — and dogs’ faces and paws often pay the price. If your dog gets stung by a bee, what do you do? In most cases, you can help them at home. But some dogs suffer severe reactions, so it’s important to know when it’s time for emergency care.

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Spider Bites On Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention & More

Our curious canine companions often don’t use caution when exploring their world. And this can lead to a web of trouble with some spider species in the United States. The good news is that most spider bites on dogs don’t pose a serious health threat unless a rare allergic reaction occurs. How do you know if a spider bit your pup? We’ll tell you the signs to watch for with mild to severe spider bites, home remedies to ease discomfort, when it’s time for immediate vet care, and much more.

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How Often Should I Take My Dog To The Vet? (Plus A Puppy Vet Visit Schedule)

Veterinarians typically recommend that healthy adult dogs get a comprehensive wellness examination once a year. However, this guideline differs for puppies under one year of age and elderly dogs. How often should you take puppies and senior dogs to the vet? And is once a year enough for your adult dog? We’ll explain when you should take your dog to a vet, what a routine checkup involves, how much you can expect to pay, and more.

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Best Cat Food Delivery For Fresh, Raw, Premium & Traditional Food

Some companies are a cat’s best friend, jumping on board with cat food delivery. Yes, cat people are looking for healthy alternatives to plain old kibble for their furry felines, too — and the convenience of not having to trek to the store. While there aren’t as many options as their canine counterparts, cat owners can now pick from a few excellent services. Here are the best ones we’ve reviewed.

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