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.
Prolotherapy for Dogs: Forerunner To Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy?

Prolotherapy for Dogs: Forerunner To Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy?

Prolotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that can increase tendon and ligament strength and relieve arthritis in dogs. In involves injections of substances to induce inflammation or facilitate other reactions in the affected tissues. The goal is to relieve pain and improve function. Prolotherapy is an alternative treatment option some veterinarians have used for decades. Prolotherapy was the first non-surgical option…

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Change in Behavior in a Dog: Teddy’s Subtle Symptom

Change in Behavior in a Dog: Teddy’s Subtle Symptom

Do you think it is significant if your dog changes their behavior, however subtle the change might be? What if your dog stops doing something they always did or starts something new and strange? Could there be medical significance to it? Indeed, there usually is. A new aggression, or what looks like one, is commonly related to pain. Teddy’s story…

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Large Veterinary Hospital Chains: Our Experience

Large Veterinary Hospital Chains: Our Experience

How do you feel about large veterinary hospital chains? Do you like them or hate them? I have always been partial to smaller veterinary clinics. My instinct tells me that corporatization and good care don’t mix—what do big corporations care about more, their profits or the end-user? One of my veterinary friends has left such a chain specifically for those…

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