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.
Acupuncture for Dogs: Acupuncture Is Not Voodoo

Acupuncture for Dogs: Acupuncture Is Not Voodoo

Have you ever heard about acupuncture for dogs? While our modern world is gingerly re-discovering this traditional Chinese therapeutic technique, it’s origins might date as far as the Stone Age. Even though throughout modern history acupuncture had many opponents, it held its own and it seems to be slowly gaining ground. Acupuncture can be effective for the treatment of: degenerative…

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ACL/CCL Injuries in Dogs: Non-Surgical Alternatives?

Did your dog suffer an ACL injury? If you are anything like I was, you are searching high and low for a non-surgical solution. Your options will depend on the severity of the injury. There is a chance that partial tears can respond to non-surgical treatment. Once the ligament is fully torn, I believe that surgery is the only effective…

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Prolotherapy: Forerunner To Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy?

Prolotherapy was the first non-surgical option we were researching as a possible treatment when Jasmine got diagnosed with a partial ACL tear. It was suggested to us by an Australian veterinarian, who has been using it to treat arthritis but felt that it might work in our case as well. After further research and consultations, we eventually decided to go…

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Talk to Me About Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in dogs. One in five dogs will develop arthritis at some point in their lives. What is arthritis? As the word suggests, arthritis is joint inflammation. This results in stiffness, pain, and degenerative changes in the joint. In older dogs, arthritis can develop as part of the aging process, but even young…

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Extracapsular Repair Healing Time

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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