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.
Dog First Aid Kit: What’s In Yours?

Dog First Aid Kit: What’s In Yours?

Do you have a first aid kit for your dog? Or do you think that you don’t need one? No matter how carefully you try to keep your dog safe, injuries and unlucky incidents happen. The situation doesn’t need to be life-threatening for you to benefit from having a first-aid kit on hand. I established a first-aid kit for my…

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Enlarged Lymph Nodes in a Dog: Holly’s Story

Enlarged Lymph Nodes in a Dog: Holly’s Story

Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic systems. By definition, they already are little nodules. Normally, however, you wouldn’t be able to feel them—only when they swell up. The job of lymph nodes is to work with the immune system. They form and store immune cells and filter harmful substances. The potential causes of lymph node enlargement include: infections inflammation…

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Why Could a Dog Collapse? Valentino’s Story

Why Could a Dog Collapse? Valentino’s Story

What could cause your dog to quickly run out of energy during their favorite activity? Can you think of causes that would lead to loss of stamina and eventually a collapse? Things that can result in a collapse include: an electric shock severe reactions to snake or insect bites or stings poisoning respiratory disease heart disease blood disease endocrine disease…

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