About the author

JoAnna Pendergrass

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM is a veterinarian and freelance medical writer in Atlanta, GA. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, she pursued a non-traditional career path as a veterinarian. JoAnna completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroscience at Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center, then became a medical writer. As founder and owner of JPen Communications, a medical communications company, JoAnna is passionate about educating pet parents about pet care and responsible pet ownership. Although she does not currently have any pets to call her own, she loves living vicariously through other pet parents and watching Nat Geo!


Potassium Bromide & Seizures

By JoAnna Pendergrass / December 17, 2018

Undoubtedly, one of the scariest moments for a pet owner is witnessing their beloved four-legged friend experience a seizure. Seconds can feel like hours as you watch your dog convulse on the floor. You feel helpless and uncertain about what to do next.  Once your dog stops convulsing and you take them to your veterinarian, […]


Liver Disease in Dogs: Know The Signs Before It’s Too Late

By JoAnna Pendergrass / December 10, 2018

When you think about your dog’s vital organs, which ones come to mind? Many pet owners name the heart, brain, and lungs, for good reason. However, have you ever considered your dog’s liver? The liver is another vital organ that is often overlooked but shouldn’t be.  The liver plays vital roles in the dog’s body. […]


Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs

By JoAnna Pendergrass / November 26, 2018

Like people, our four-legged friends can also suffer from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Being able to recognize that your beloved furry companion is suffering from a condition like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is paramount in getting them the treatment they need to make a full recovery.  In this article, we’ll cover everything you should […]


Claritin for Dogs: Yes or No?

By JoAnna Pendergrass / October 16, 2018

Irritated eyes. Runny noses. Constant itching. Allergies plague millions of people every year. Unfortunately for our four-legged friends, allergies don’t discriminate. Dog allergies can be a constant nuisance and cause quite a bit of agitation and distress, particularly during spring and summer. Knowing that (wo)man’s best friend is suffering just as much as we are […]


Galliprant: The Right Choice For Your Dog?

By JoAnna Pendergrass / October 16, 2018

Your four-legged family member means the world to you. Trust us, we get it. Here at Honest Paws, we are all dog owners. Therefore, we understand how heart-wrenching it can be to witness your dog getting older and experiencing the aches and pains associated with aging. Unfortunately, dogs are notorious for hiding their pain. When […]


Carprofen: Worth The Risk?

By JoAnna Pendergrass / October 6, 2018

Being a pet parent is a rewarding experience. Nonstop love and affection. A cuddle buddy. The best partner in crime that anyone could ask for. Dogs are so special and we are so lucky to have them. However, no one said that being responsible for your four-legged companion’s complete and total wellbeing was going to […]


Benadryl for Cats: A Cautionary Tail

By JoAnna Pendergrass / October 4, 2018

Your four-legged feline means the world to you. Trust us, and we get it. Our cats are our family members, and we know that you would do just about anything to keep them happy and healthy. However, we likely don’t have to tell you that it’s not always that simple. Even the most doting pet […]


Cat Constipation: The Ultimate Pain in the Butt

By JoAnna Pendergrass / September 27, 2018

At one point or another, most of us have experienced the uncomfortable reality of constipation. When it comes to gastrointestinal (GI) upset, our cats are no different. It is entirely possible for your feline friend to be constipated, and it’s not something that should be ignored. In this article, we’ll cover the tough (pun intended) […]


Levetiracetam for Dogs: A Comprehensive Guide

By JoAnna Pendergrass / September 26, 2018

One of the most terrifying, heart-wrenching moments in a dog owner’s life is witnessing their beloved dog have a seizure. Seconds feel like hours as you watch your pup convulse uncontrollably. No pet parent ever wants their dog to have seizures and will do just about anything to help stop them. If your dog has […]

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