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.
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Tests: Jack’s Test Reveals Kidney Failure

Pre-Anesthetic Blood Tests: Jack’s Test Reveals Kidney Failure

Many illnesses can go from undetectable to potentially deadly (particularly when combined with surgery and/or anesthesia) over the course of just a few weeks. Having fresh blood work provides insight into your dog’s overall health making sure that they can handle anesthesia safely. It is important to adjust the treatment plan if the blood test reveals any abnormalities. Knowing is…

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Small Puppy Hypoglycemia: Angel’s Story

Small Puppy Hypoglycemia: Angel’s Story

Hypoglycemia is a medical term for low blood sugar. Small breed puppies are extremely vulnerable to this life-threatening situation. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include weakness lethargy sleepiness neurological signs twitching tremors seizures coma Puppies can develop hypoglycemia from parasitic infestation or simply because of insufficient caloric intake and reserves. Glucose reserves are in the liver but tiny puppies’ liver is so…

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Dog Injury or Surgery Recovery: Mishaps versus Setbacks

Dog Injury or Surgery Recovery: Mishaps versus Setbacks

What is the difference between a mishap and a setback? And are they unavoidable during your dog’s recovery from surgery or injury? A mishap is an unfortunate event or accident that might happen while your dog is healing from a surgery or injury. Your dog’s activity level, mobility challenges, and their environment can be contributing factors that can end up…

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