Articles by Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.
Excessive Drooling in a Great Dane: Henry Gets Bloat

Excessive Drooling in a Great Dane: Henry Gets Bloat

Regardless of how much your dog might typically drool, take note when they start hyper-salivating more than usual. That is especially true when your dog is showing other signs of distress, such as: If your dog is showing these signs, rush them to a veterinarian immediately. Henry’s story Henry was a five-year-old Great Dane. He was indeed a gentle giant,…

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Loss of Muscle in Dogs: Allie’s Muscle Wasting

Loss of Muscle in Dogs: Allie’s Muscle Wasting

Allie was a sweet, loving senior Maltese. She had not lost her appetite, and her weight seemed stable. However, Allie had been losing muscle. So much so that she looked like skin and bone. How could she be wasting away before her owner’s eyes and yet her weight remaining the same? I will not include a photo, but it was…

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An IMHA Survivor: Dylan’s Story of Survival

An IMHA Survivor: Dylan’s Story of Survival

Thirty to seventy percent of dogs succumb to IMHA within the first couple of months after they are diagnosed. It is usually the complications associated with the disease that prove fatal. There are dogs, however, who survive. Thank you, Richard Ford, for sharing Dylan’s story. Dylan’s story Today is exactly one year from the day I thought my Dog Dylan…

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