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.
Breathing Problems in a Dog: Pebbles’ Laryngeal Paralysis

Breathing Problems in a Dog: Pebbles’ Laryngeal Paralysis

While people might still refer to this condition as laryngeal paralysis, it has been determined that the problem is bigger than that. It would appear that laryngeal paralysis is a part of a bigger neurological problem. It has been renamed to Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy (GOLPP). GOLPP is a progressive degeneration of nerves that first manifests as laryngeal paralysis—the…

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Foul Breath in Dogs: Lexy’s Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Foul Breath in Dogs: Lexy’s Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The most common cause of bad breath in dogs is dental disease. Even more serious conditions, however, can be behind your dog’s foul breath. The more severely your dog’s mouth smells, the bigger and more urgent the problem. Did you know that bad breath can be caused by cancer? Thank you, Amy Kennedy, for sharing Lexy’s story. Lexy’s story Lexy…

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Limping Dog Causes: Blossom Becomes Lame

Limping Dog Causes: Blossom Becomes Lame

What do you think is the most common cause of limping in dogs? What do you think would be the most likely reason for your dog’s lameness? Yes, there are causes of lameness that are more common than others. Does that mean that is the case with your dog? Don’t fall into the assumption trap. Blossom’s story Blossom was a…

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