Sally Jones

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets).

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

Banfield Wellness Plan Review: Is It Worth It?

Banfield hospital storefront (caption: Banfield Pet Insurance Plan Reviews)

Although sometimes referred to as Banfield Pet Insurance, Banfield isn’t pet insurance — it’s a wellness membership plan (whose logo suggests it’s a vet’s office). Despite all this confusion, the primary question we have — is Banfield wellness care worth it? Its plans don’t cover illness or injury, only preventative care…

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Toxins Be Gone: Pet Safe Cleaning Products

Bowl of baking soda: Pet Safe Cleaning Products

If you use common household cleaners, you could be slowly poisoning your dog without even knowing it. You could be putting your pooch at risk for developing cancer, kidney or liver damage down the road. In fact, studies have proven the toxic effects of such ingredients as ammonia, bleach, chlorine, gycol ethers and formaldehyde on humans and pets. And pets are even more vulnerable. Pets pick up residues from cleaning products and then groom themselves, spreading these toxic materials on their skin, coat, mouths, nose and eyes. As a responsible dog owner, it’s time to ditch your chemical-laden cleaners for pet safe cleaning products…

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How To Socialize Your Puppy

Cat and dog on bed: How to Socialize Your Puppy

You might think it’s wise to wait until your very young puppy gets a little older to start socializing him. Take our advice — don’t wait! In fact, you have a pretty small window of opportunity to properly socialize your puppy, and ideally you should start when he’s only three weeks old. Puppies develop quickly, particularly when it comes to behavior. They’re most receptive to new experiences between the ages of three and 12 weeks old. After about four months old, it becomes much more difficult to introduce puppies to new situations. So, where do you start? What do you need to know? We’ll answer all your questions about how to socialize your puppy so he grows up to be a secure social butterfly…

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How To Introduce Dogs And Newborns

Dog licking baby's face: How to Introduce Dogs and Newborns

What’s your dog to do when there’s a new kid in town? Dogs and newborns can become best buds, but it will take some work on your part to ensure everything goes smoothly. Of course, your newborn’s safety is your number one priority, but there are many other issues to consider when it comes to your pup — he’ll need to adjust to new routines, sounds, and very likely need some behavior modifications. We’ll help you think ahead so the transition can be as seamless as possible and keep all family members happy and healthy…

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Easy Rider: How To Deal With Dog Car Sickness

Dog hanging out side of car with googles on: How to Deal With Dog Car Sickness

Do you envy fellow dog owners who can take their dogs everywhere in the car? You’ve tried, but your dog gets car sick at the drop of a hat. It’s a tough problem for both you and your pup, but rest assured — there are steps you can take. And you’re not alone. In fact, one in five dogs suffer from motion sickness. How can you help your dog’s car sickness (and save yourself the headache of cleaning up from your dog throwing up in car)? Read on to learn our tips to nip dog car sickness in the bud…

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Should You Consider A Dog Chiropractor?

Dog at doctor: Should You Consider a Dog Chiropractor?

Are you tired of seeing your dog in pain or struggle with his loss of agility? Have you tried surgery or other veterinary interventions to help relieve his discomfort but haven’t seen the results you’re looking for? It may be time for you to consider a dog chiropractor. We’ll help break down what dog chiropractic is all about, when it can help, where to find help, and more…

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Ear Play Or Dog Ear Infection?

Dog Ear Infection: dog laying with ears flopped open

Has your dog been scratching or rubbing her ears more than usual? How can you tell if it’s just normal “ear play” or if there’s something to worry about? Ear infections in dogs are one of the most common problems veterinarians see, but it’s difficult as a dog owner to decipher what’s exactly going on with your pup and when you should seek treatment. Read further to get our tips about how to spot, treat and prevent dog ear infections. It’s important not to wait until it becomes a serious problem for your pup…

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Best Dog Apps: There’s A (Dog) App for That

10 best dog apps

We’re well into the 21st century folks, and smartphone apps aren’t just for humans anymore. In fact, there are dozens of dog and pet apps out there to help you manage your job as a devoted dog parent. Need to talk to a vet or trainer after business hours? Searching for pet sitters or pet-friendly hotels for your next vacation? Yep, there are apps for that — and much more! Check out our list below for the 10 best dog apps we picked to to make life easier for you and your pup…

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Sick As A Dog: Can Dogs Get Colds?

Can Dogs Get Colds: Dog sick on bed

Does your dog have the sniffles? Watery eyes? Is he sneezing and coughing? Can dogs catch colds? Yes, they can, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the type of cold virus he’s caught (just as human colds can vary in severity). How do you know when your dog has a cold or something worse? How do you treat his symptoms? Not to worry — we’ll give you everything you need to know about dogs and colds so you can be sure you’re taking good care of your precious pup…

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