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.
Spider Bites Dog: Lilly’s Story

Spider Bites Dog: Lilly’s Story

Lilly, the fearful Border Collie who served as the canine heroine in my life, is a bit famous for being bitten. Lilly turned seven years old this spring and her tally includes: Many fly bites over three summers, leading to creepy larva under the skin Two rattlesnake bites to the face and one close call, in four known encounters at…

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Ask A Vet Online: Second Opinion At Your Fingertips

Ask A Vet Online: Second Opinion At Your Fingertips

As technology evolves, there is more and more your veterinarian can do for your dog without your dog’s physical presence. One day, you might just have your smartphone collect vital data and transmit the information to your vet for assessment without the need for an office visit for most things. We are not that far yet but there is veterinary…

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