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.
Linear Foreign Bodies in Dogs: For the Love of Mango! (or How I Learned To Loathe Rope Toys)

Linear Foreign Bodies in Dogs: For the Love of Mango! (or How I Learned To Loathe Rope Toys)

Dogs seem to ingest things they shouldn’t all the time. Socks, balls, and an assortment of other objects can cause enough trouble. However, linear foreign bodies are an especially dangerous situation. Linear foreign bodies in dogs are a disaster in making. Further information: Linear Foreign Bodies in Dogs and Cats Thank you, Dr. Karel Carnohan, for sharing Mango’s story. Mango’s…

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IVDD Diagnosis in a Dog: Bulging Disc and The Importance Of A Second Opinion—Jingle’s Story

IVDD Diagnosis in a Dog: Bulging Disc and The Importance Of A Second Opinion—Jingle’s Story

When the cushioning disc between the spinal vertebrae bulges or herniates and press on the spinal cord, it is referred to as intervertebral disc disease. It is an extremely painful condition and it can lead to lameness, weakness, and paralysis; not to mention a severe reduction in quality of life. Thank you, Luanne, for sharing Jingles’ story. Jingles’ story Jingles…

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Dog Lameness Assumption Trap: Tosha’s Snake Bite

Dog Lameness Assumption Trap: Tosha’s Snake Bite

Acute and chronic lameness are likely to have different causes. That doesn’t mean that figuring out what happened is easy. Past experiences, things we read and hear breed biases. When your dog starts limping, don’t jump to conclusions; make sure you know what is really happening. Thank you, Kevin, for sharing Tosha’s story. Tosha’s story It all started with a…

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