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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Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs: Symptoms, Prognosis, Treatment & More

Has your dog become less mobile? Is he having trouble going on walks or climbing stairs? There could be many reasons for this, including arthritis and hip dysplasia. But one lesser-known condition he could be suffering from is degenerative myelopathy (DM), an inherited spinal cord disease in dogs. Learn more about DM here to see if your dog could be at risk for this debilitating condition.

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Physical Therapy For Dogs: How Can Canine Rehabilitation Benefit Your Ill Or Injured Pup?

Physical therapy for dogs, officially called canine rehabilitation therapy, has grown tremendously in the last two decades. This alternative to traditional veterinary treatment is similar to human physical therapy (PT) and other human rehab treatments. Canine rehab involves non-invasive treatments, such as exercises, massage, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, and many other techniques, to rehabilitate injured or post-surgical pups. These alternative treatments help reduce pain, speed recovery time, and improve mobility and fitness. The ultimate goal for many dogs is to restore full functionality. However, dogs with chronic conditions like arthritis can also benefit from rehab therapy to ease pain and help with mobility problems.

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Can Dogs Get Braces On Their Teeth?

Yes, dog braces are a reality but not for the reasons you might imagine. While we usually think of braces as a cosmetic luxury for humans, dog orthodontics address a very different need. Veterinary dentists have been using dog braces for over 30 years to help with some serious issues that can compromise the health and wellness of pups. We’ll explore how braces could benefit your furry friend, how much they cost, and more.

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Best Grain-Free Dog Food & Is It Bad For Your Pup?

Chances are you know at least one person who has gone gluten or grain-free, who cites the benefits of the Paleo Diet or quotes from the bestselling books Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. Grocery stores have made shelf space for gluten-free pastas, crackers, cereals, cookies, and cake mixes and restaurants offer gluten-free pizza and beer to appeal to grain-free customers. But what about our four-legged fur babies? Learn more about the pros of going grain-free and how it can benefit your pup…

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Best Urine Test Strips For Dogs: At Home Dog UTI Test

A pet urine test gives you the results for urine-related illnesses, including bladder infections, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). This can be very handy for pet owners whose dogs experience UTIs frequently (learn more about the symptoms and treatment of UTIs in dogs). Instead of taking your dog to the vet for a dog UTI test, you can conduct one at home by purchasing a urine test for dogs. Then you can consult with your vet about the results and getting the appropriate treatment and medication.

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Parasites In Dogs: Types, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention & More

Most dogs will be plagued by some type of parasite in their lifetime. External and internal parasites can cause everything from mild itchiness to life-threatening conditions. And some parasites in dogs can even infect humans. We’ll give you an overview of the most common dog parasites, ways your pup can get them, and how to treat and prevent them.

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How To Know When To Put Your Dog Down

Unfortunately, it’s a common part of everyday vet practice that we need to say goodbye to our patients and friends. As difficult as it can be on me, the veterinary technicians and other staff in the hospital, it is always more difficult for that pet’s owner. Making the decision to humanely euthanize your pet can be hard. We all want to minimize or eliminate any pain or discomfort our pet may be experiencing, but when is it time to say goodbye?…

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Pet Wellness Plans: Manage Your Preventative Vet Bills

Many pet parents don’t realize that pet insurance differs from human health insurance in that most pet insurance plans don’t cover routine wellness visits and other preventative services. Instead, pet insurance is designed to help you manage your budget for unplanned emergencies or illnesses that could break the bank.

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Overweight & Obese Dogs: Does Your Pup Need To Lose Weight?

ou might find fat dogs adorable for their roly-poly appearance, but obesity is a serious health threat for dogs and can severely affect their quality of life. Even slightly pudgy pooches who are only packing on a few extra pounds can develop chronic health problems. We’ll give you some tips on how to tell if you have an overweight or obese dog, how to find the best overweight dog food, and much more.

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Best Probiotic For Dogs: Natural, Soil Based, Calming, Homemade, For Dogs With Diarrhea, Yeast Infection, And More

Human probiotics have become a health craze due to their numerous benefits, but have you considered them for your furry friend? We all know how fickle a dog’s digestive system can be. Fortunately, specially formulated dog probiotics can be a life-changer for dogs suffering from digestive and other health problems. What do you need to know about pup probiotics, and which products are your best bets?

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Best CBD Subscription Boxes For Dogs: HolistaPet vs Hemp Crate Co vs HempMy Pet vs CBDMD vs Greenwell Pet

Whether you’re new to CBD or not, a monthly subscription box is a great way to explore a variety of safe and effective pet CBD products. Or maybe you’re just looking for a CBD company that will auto-ship your pet’s CBD oils and treats regularly. Many auto-shipping subscriptions also give you excellent discounts. We’ve chosen some of your best options to help you find high-quality products at a super value.

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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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