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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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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Leash Training A Puppy And Older Dogs: Steps & Tips To Reduce Pulling

Are you wondering how to leash train your new puppy? Or perhaps you have an older rescue dog you need to train to walk on a leash. In either case, proper leash walking is an important skill to teach your pup at any age. We’ll give you step-by-step tips on how to leash train a puppy or adult dog, recommendations for the best collars and leashes, and other advice to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

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Can You Clone A Dog? Yes, But Many Denounce The Practice

If you can’t imagine letting go of your precious pup, would you ever consider cloning your dog? Despite the exorbitant cost, a growing number of pet parents are having their beloved pups cloned, and cat and horse cloning are on the rise as well. Once a figment of science fiction, pet cloning is now commercially available around the world. However, as you might expect, many pet experts aren’t exactly embracing the practice.

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Hookworms In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention & More

Dogs are prone to picking up all kinds of nasty worms that can do some severe damage. One common type is hookworm. What are the symptoms to look out for? How are they treated? And how can you prevent your dog from getting hookworms in the first place? We’ll answer these questions and more. It’s important to note that hookworms can be especially serious and fatal for puppies, so early diagnosis and treatment are critical.

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Best Dog Apps: For Training, Puppy Scheduling, Pet-Friendly Places, And More

Need to talk to a vet or trainer after business hours? Are you searching for pet sitters or pet-friendly hotels for your next vacation? There are apps for that — and much more! Smartphone apps aren’t just for humans. There are dozens of dog and pet apps out there to help you manage your responsibilities as a devoted dog parent.

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Glucosamine For Dogs: Is It A Solid Option For Canine Arthritis?

Have you noticed your furry family member having trouble getting around like she used to? She could be suffering from degenerative joint disease (DJD) — a pretty common problem in older dogs and among certain breeds. If you suffer from similar joint problems, you’ve likely heard of glucosamine supplements, but did you know similar supplements are available for dogs? Here, we’ll give you all the information you need about glucosamine for dogs to see if these supplements could help your pup remain active.

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Ringworm In Dogs: Signs, Treatment & More

As its name implies, many people think ringworm is one of many parasitic worms that dogs can contract, like heartworms, tapeworms, etc. In fact, ringworm isn’t a worm at all; it’s a contagious fungal infection that’s common in nearly all domesticated animals, including dogs. We’ll help you know how to identify ringworm and what you should do if you suspect your dog has it.

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Psychiatric Service Dogs: How To Train, Tasks, Do I Qualify, Best Breeds & More

Dogs not only play an important role in the lives of people with physical impairments, but they now are assisting those with mental disabilities. For many individuals living with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health conditions, psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) provide invaluable support to help them manage everyday life. How do they help? And who can qualify for a psychiatric service dog? We’ll answer these questions and more. 

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Dog Sleeping In Bed With Humans: Should I Allow It?

Should I let my dog sleep in my bed? If you’re struggling with this question, you’re certainly not alone. There are definite proponents for both sides, but there’s no definitive answer — it comes down to personal preference in most cases. The consensus is that you won’t harm your dog by having him sleep with you. However, there are several factors you should consider to make sure this is a comfortable choice for both you and your pup…

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Hyperuricosuria In Dogs: Breeds At Risk, Genetic Testing, Symptoms, Treatment & More

Is your dog having trouble urinating, or have you spotted blood in his urine? While many conditions can cause urinary problems in dogs, one cause could be a chronic hereditary disease called hyperuricosuria (HUU). How do you know if your dog is at risk of developing this inherited disease? What are the symptoms and treatment? Learn more about hyperuricosuria in dogs to see if it could be a health concern for your pup.

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