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.
Is PRP Treatment for Dogs Too Expensive: Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment—Is It Worth It?

Is PRP Treatment for Dogs Too Expensive: Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment—Is It Worth It?

Platelet-rich plasma is a concentrate made from a small amount of the dog’s blood after removing red blood cells. After processing, the solution contains platelets and proteins that promote healing and reduce inflammation. The PRP treatment falls under regenerative medicine. The two popular regenerative therapies in veterinary medicine include platelet-rich plasma treatment and stem cell treatment. I am a proponent…

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Should I Choose Surgery for My Senior Dog?

Should I Choose Surgery for My Senior Dog?

Medical decisions that might include surgery are always difficult. Surgery is invasive and carries risks. Should your decision process change when your dog becomes a senior? While I always lean toward the most natural solutions, I recognize that there are times when surgery is the ideal solution. When we adopted my Rottweiler Cookie, she was a year-and-a-half old. She’s been…

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Gastroenteritis in Dogs: Gastroenteritis is when …

Gastroenteritis in Dogs: Gastroenteritis is when …

What does it mean when your veterinarian diagnoses your dog with gastroenteritis? Isn’t that a mouthful? Sometimes it seems the vets use these terms specifically to baffle us! In their defense, medical terms are actually highly descriptive once you figure out how to decipher them. Frequent diagnosis If you own a dog, gastroenteritis is a term that you might run…

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