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.
Preventing ACL/CCL Injuries In Dogs

Preventing ACL/CCL Injuries In Dogs

Is there anything you can do to prevent ACL injury in your dog? There is no sure-fire recipe but there are things you can do to minimize the risk. Prevention is always the best treatment for any injury or disease. Recovery from an ACL injury will take anywhere from four to six months out of your dog’s active life and…

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Triple Tibial Osteotomy: My Two Cents on TTO Cruciate Repair

Triple Tibial Osteotomy: My Two Cents on TTO Cruciate Repair

Don’t let your veterinarian present you with a single option for surgical repair of your dog’s torn cruciate ligament. It does matter whether your surgeon is comfortable with any particular procedure. However, it is also important to discuss or research all available options. Figuring out how you want to treat your dog injured knee is an important decision. Surgery is…

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Extracapsular Repair Healing Time – redirect

The convalescence time after an extracapsular repair is six months. When researching the TPLO surgery option, we were also told the recovery time was going to be six months. During that time it is important to follow strict post-operative care. We combined the extracapsular repair with a stem cell therapy treatment. Three months after the surgery, when Jasmine’s other knee…

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