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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!


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 […]


Fish Oil for Dogs: The Scary Truth

By JoAnna Pendergrass / August 13, 2018

What is Fish Oil Fish oil is the oil derived from the tissues of oily fish. The oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have proved to be very important for the body. However, as more information emerges, experts are finding that fish oil may not be all that it’s talked up to be. […]


CBD Oil for Dogs: A One Stop Guide

By JoAnna Pendergrass / July 23, 2018

If you enjoy staying up on the latest trends in the holistic world of medical advancements, you have likely heard of CBD. CBD has been making headway for its incredible benefits for humans of all ages. From supporting anxiety to promoting good overall health, CBD is finally beginning to get the respect and recognition that […]


Coconut Oil for Dogs: The Ultimate Guide

By JoAnna Pendergrass / July 23, 2018

“Too Long – Didn’t Read” Version: We recommend our CBD-Infused Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has been blowing our minds in the last decade. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Need a quick hair treatment? Coconut oil. Morning breath? Coconut oil. Digestive health? Coconut oil. You get it. Coconut oil is pretty great. Many pet parents may not […]


CBD Dog Treats: The 2019 Definitive Guide

By JoAnna Pendergrass / July 9, 2018

If you’re up to date with the latest and greatest advancements in the world of holistic healing, then it’s likely that you’ve heard of CBD. The incredible herb is shocking experts, veterinarians, and people like you and me every day. From promoting relaxation to supporting healthy joints, the benefits of CBD are remarkable. For these reasons, among […]