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.
Eye Injuries in Dogs: Buzz’s Story of a Sore, Red Eye

Eye Injuries in Dogs: Buzz’s Story of a Sore, Red Eye

Canine eyes are incredibly vulnerable, and even the smallest injury can lead to serious trouble. When your dog injures their eye, it is always a reason for concern and reason to consult with a veterinarian. Causes of eye injuries in dogs include scratches, blunt force, foreign bodies, abnormally growing eyelashes, or abnormal eyelids. Jasmine had to have her renegade eyelash…

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CCL Tears TightRope Repair: My Two Cents on the TightRope® CCL Fixation System

CCL Tears TightRope Repair: My Two Cents on the TightRope® CCL Fixation System

The TightRope fixation technique is an update on the traditional suture repair. The modifications were to address concerns about safety, effectiveness, and availability of the surgical CCL repairs available at the time. The TightRope fixation differs from the traditional suture stabilization in the following ways: stronger material bone anchors TightRope versus extracapsular repair Extracapsular repair The traditional suture repair achieves…

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CCL Injuries Extracapsular Repair: My Two Cents on the Lateral Suture Stabilization or LSS in Dogs

CCL Injuries Extracapsular Repair: My Two Cents on the Lateral Suture Stabilization or LSS in Dogs

The extracapsular repair or LSS is the oldest surgical technique in use for the treatment of dog CCL tears. The procedure comes under several names. Along with the terms I already introduced, if your veterinarian refers to a traditional technique, or external capsular repair technique (ECLS), they are all the same thing. Different surgeons might use various modifications of the…

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Dry Eye in a Dog: Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS)—Archie’s Story

Dry Eye in a Dog: Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS)—Archie’s Story

Brachycephalic dog breeds, to which Cavalier King Charles Spaniels belong, are highly susceptible to eye issues, including dry eye. A healthy eye is continually bathed in tear liquid. That nourishes and protects the eye from debris, irritants, and infections. The big, adorable eyes of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are naturally susceptible to dry eye simply because of their size. Often,…

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