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.
Understanding Canine Hip Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia Prevention And Treatment Options

Understanding Canine Hip Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia Prevention And Treatment Options

The primary cause of hip dysplasia is genetic. However, other factors, such as husbandry and environmental factors, play their role as well. Prevention starts with selective breeding. Breeding Responsible breeders screen their dogs’ hips with either PennHIP or OFA x-rays before including them in their breeding population. Genetic testing is not available at this time. Dogs without obviously dysplastic hips…

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Canine Chronic Ear Infections: Phoenix’s Story

Canine Chronic Ear Infections: Phoenix’s Story

Ear infections in dogs typically secondary to another underlying condition—most commonly allergies. Chronic ear infections, unless addressed, will continue to get worse as the tissues are changing due to the condition. Thank you, Brook, for sharing Phoenix’s story. Phoenix’s story Phoenix is a fourteen and a half-year-old male yellow Labrador Retriever. I received him in July of 1998 from the…

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Heartworm Infection in Dogs: Reading About Heartworm Is One Thing; Watching A Dog Suffer Is Another

Heartworm Infection in Dogs: Reading About Heartworm Is One Thing; Watching A Dog Suffer Is Another

Heartworms are mosquito-borne parasites that live in the heart and blood vessels of an infected dog.  These worms cause damage, often significant damage, to the cardiovascular structures and can lead to serious illness in the infected dog. In severe cases, heartworms can be fatal. Ashley agreed to share her first-hand experience with heartworm infection. Newton’s story It is one thing…

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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs: Weight Loss, Brittle Fur, Starving All The Time … Beaner’s Story

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs: Weight Loss, Brittle Fur, Starving All The Time … Beaner’s Story

The pancreas is an essential organ that is involved both in food digestion and metabolism. The two crucial functions it fulfills is the production of digestive enzymes and the production of insulin. Without digestive enzymes present, your dog cannot break down their food and can literally starve to death regardless of the amount of food they consume. Thank you, Angie…

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