Articles by Jana Rade edited by Dr. Joanna Paul BSc BVSc

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. Dr. Joanna Paul BSc BVSc is our wonderful sponsor and has been kind to edit and fact-check my important articles.
Changes in Mucous Membrane Color: What Can Your Dog’s Gums And Tongue Tell You?

Changes in Mucous Membrane Color: What Can Your Dog’s Gums And Tongue Tell You?

Do you know what is your dog’s normal gum color? In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, the tongue provides a wealth of information about a dog’s health status. Tongue diagnosis is quite fascinating. The veterinarian gains insight from the tongue color, coating, and even shape. Each section of the tongue reflects the function of a different internal system. More information: You…

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Dogs and Coronaviruses: Do We Share Coronavirus Infections with Dogs?

Dogs and Coronaviruses: Do We Share Coronavirus Infections with Dogs?

Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses classified by common properties. Viruses are infectious agents made up of genetic material enclosed in a protein envelope. Different viruses target different species and various body systems. Different viral diseases can affect: respiratory tract gastrointestinal tract circulatory system nervous system the skin the liver Coronaviruses got their name from the Latin word corona,…

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