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Four Easy Ways to Keep Dog Teeth Clean #SmoochUrPooch

What’s really the big deal about keeping a dog’s teeth clean? I mean, as long as they have treats, hard food, a bone to chew on, and the occasional dental cleaning at the vet, they are fine, right? Absolutely not. It is NEVER too late to start a healthy dog dental health routine. No sermons, no “hey get to it,” here’s your Fi-DOSE of reality for dog dental care with four easy ways to keep … [Read More...]

dog dental care

Four Easy Ways to Keep Dog Teeth Clean #SmoochUrPooch

What’s really the big deal about keeping a dog’s teeth clean? I mean, as long as they have treats, hard food, a bone to chew on, and the occasional dental cleaning at the vet, they are fine, right? Absolutely not. It is NEVER too late to start a healthy dog dental health routine. No sermons, no “hey get to it,” here’s your Fi-DOSE of reality for dog dental care with four easy ways to keep … [Read More...]

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12 Reasons a Cocker Spaniel Owns Me

Cocker spaniels own my heart.  There are at least 12 reasons a Cocker Spaniels own me, but suffice it to say: I'm gaga for Cockers. Over the years, I am asked "What is it about the Cocker Spaniel that you are drawn to, Carol?" And I am eternally stopped in my tracks and pause for thought. Perhaps you have a favorite breed and one that your heart is just drawn to time and again. There is something … [Read More...]

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Five Dog Friendly Eastern U.S. Fall Getaways

It’s the time of year when the falling leaves form a quilt blankets across nation’s landscape. Before the temperature plummets and snow falls, consider taking a dog friendly trip or two with your best furry friend. The eastern part of the United States has many day, weekend, and week-long fall getaways for pet parents who travel with a dog. Here then are five Fidose fall fido-friendly … [Read More...]

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Four Easy Ways to Keep Dog Teeth Clean #SmoochUrPooch

What’s really the big deal about keeping a dog’s teeth clean? I mean, as long as they have treats, hard food, a bone to chew on, and the occasional dental cleaning at the vet, they are fine, right? Absolutely not. It is NEVER too late to start a healthy dog dental health routine. No sermons, no “hey get to it,” here’s your Fi-DOSE of reality for dog dental care with four easy ways to keep … [Read More...]

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Medicine Versus Mom: When Dogs Undergo Surgery

What exactly happens when dogs undergo surgery?  Is my dog okay? Does he miss me? Is he being monitored?  These are the things that run through my mind when I’m trying to fall asleep. Taking your dog to the veterinarian and leaving without him or her is one of the lowest, emptiest feelings a dog parent experiences. If your dog has ever needed surgery, teeth cleaning, or any other type of … [Read More...]

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Mystery of Bad Cook-Good Dog Solved: #WellyTails

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by WellyTails and the BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about WellyTails but Fidose of Reality only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. WellyTails is not responsible for the content of this … [Read More...]

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How to Stop Dog Grief

The worst part of being a dog parent is knowing you will more than likely outlive your dog. There is no magic way to stop dog grief and if you are a pet parent reading this who has lost a dog, it is with great sadness yet openness that I welcome you to this article. “Carol, you seem so … [Read More...]

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Four Easy Ways to Keep Dog Teeth Clean #SmoochUrPooch

What’s really the big deal about keeping a dog’s teeth clean? I mean, as long as they have treats, hard food, a bone to chew on, and the occasional dental cleaning at the vet, they are fine, right? Absolutely not. It is NEVER too late to start … [Read More...]

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Medicine Versus Mom: When Dogs Undergo Surgery

What exactly happens when dogs undergo surgery?  Is my dog okay? Does he miss me? Is he being monitored?  These are the things that run through my mind when I’m trying to fall asleep. Taking your dog to the veterinarian and leaving without him or her … [Read More...]

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How to Stop Dog Grief

The worst part of being a dog parent is knowing you will more than likely outlive your dog. There is no magic way to stop dog grief and if you are a pet parent reading this who has lost a dog, it is with great sadness yet openness that I welcome you … [Read More...]

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Secrets to Preventing a Dog Urinary Tract Infection

She’s squatting and straining to pee. He’s urinating what looks like droplets of blood. Nothing sends chills up the spine of a dog parent like that of a urinary tract infection brewing. If you’ve ever experienced a urinary tract infection, the … [Read More...]

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7 Dog Myths That Lead to Mayhem

Why is it that dogs are often at fault and take the blame for human ignorance and/or error? There are some commonly held dog myths that are simply old wives tales, urban legend, or perhaps a combination of both. Here are seven: Myth: Petting a Dog … [Read More...]

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Health Condition Threatens Dog Vision

A drooping jowl, eye issues, and trouble eating: These were the first signs that something was wrong with Leo, the the Coller couple's 9-year-old parti-colored Sable Cocker Spaniel. A health issue was brewing and it progressed to blindness.  The … [Read More...]

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Pet Industry Pro Reveals Ugly Dogs Repel Ticks

Ugly dogs repel ticks. I concur with this statement with a complete certainty and encourage you, Fidose of Reality readers, to adopt this mantra. Yes, ugly dogs repel ticks. "Dangerous and deadly tick diseases are becoming more and more of a … [Read More...]

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Could Your Dog Have Panniculitis?

In an ongoing effort to share real news from real dog parents in order to help Fidose of Reality readers, today we proudly present a true story of a life-threatening illness that plagued Thurmie, the Dachshund of Devri King of Kansas. Here, in her … [Read More...]

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Seven Deadly Dangers of Dog Toys

Your dog's toy might be killing him. Sadly, we live in a world where realities like this are all too true. It is the job of this blog to inform, educate, enlighten, and bring to focus the alternative lifestyles of dog parenting that are becoming the … [Read More...]

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What To Do for Dog Arthritis

Bones and joints wear with age: It’s a fact of life for people and it’s a fact of life for dogs. “What supplement do you recommend my dog take for arthritis…or arthritis prevention” is a question I am asked quite frequently by dog moms and dads. I am … [Read More...]

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Seven Dog Myth Busters Courtesy Science

Science proving what dog lovers of the highest order have known for years is always a good thing. Dogs understand human behavior better than most people believe and “science” being able to prove this is a win-win for dogs in general. Here are … [Read More...]

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Dogs Who Eat Bugs and the People Who Love Them

“My dog likes to eat bugs, Carol.” The note started simply enough, but a fellow Cocker mom recently wrote me to tell me her dog likes to eat bugs. Despite trying to get her dog to stop munching on flying insects, a bit of a back story … [Read More...]

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The Reality of Dog Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and supplements are part of the daily rituals for millions of people, but should dogs take them? According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), in 2013 Americans spent $13.14 billion dollars in the supplies/Over-the-Counter … [Read More...]

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Six Questions Your Dog’s Vet Should Be Asking

I’ve always been good at asking questions. It’s part of the reason I became a writer and work in PR and social media. I like to ask the questions for which I may not have the answers. Veterinarians need to be asking certain questions, too. Imagine … [Read More...]

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Dog Entertains Cows After Surgery

Our Puppy Relations (PR) Manager, Dexter, underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg several weeks ago. In an attempt to do something to keep him entertained after surgery, we visited a field of cows. What ensued took … [Read More...]

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Dog ACL Surgery The Second Time Around

Snap. Crackle. Pop. The familiar sound I like hearing in my cereal bowl but not emitting from my dog’s leg. If you follow Fidose of Reality, you might recall that our PR (Puppy Relations) Manager, Dexter, tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in … [Read More...]

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East Coast Dog Disaster Preparation Tips

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. In honor of this month, Fidose of Reality is offering up some west coast – east coast get ready “just in case” tips to keep you and your dog(s) safe and sound. These east coast dog disaster preparation tips … [Read More...]

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Veterinarian Comes Clean About Dog Food and Vaccines

As a dog parent and pet writer, two of the most commonly asked questions I receive include: “What dog food should my dog be eating?” and “What vaccines do I need for my dog and how often?” If you have a new puppy or know someone who does, you … [Read More...]

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How to Prevent Dog Bites

  A blood-curdling scream and a pacing Greater Swiss Mountain Dog alerted me to the horror unfolding about a hundred yards away. Hearing the sound someone makes when a dog bites them is not something I ever wish to encounter again. The … [Read More...]

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Dog ACL Injury Saga Continues

The long and winding road and issues of a dog having an ACL injury continue. For those familiar, or for those who are reading this and have a dog who has been diagnosed with an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear, here's our story and what we've … [Read More...]