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Fun Winter Activities for Dogs #AlpoDogBiscuit

Dogs get cabin fever and can get depressed in the winter months, very similar to the way people do. With a little ingenuity, a bit of creativity, and some treats, winter activities for dogs means keeping the pounds off and minds stimulated despite the inability to engage outdoors. Remember the Alpo brand growing up? Alpo recently launched  a new line of treats called Wholesome Biscuits that are … [Read More...]

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How to Say No To the Veterinarian

One of the most stressful things a dog parent can say to a veterinarian is no.  The vet is a trusted source who holds your dog’s life in the palm in their hands: At least that’s how I view our dog’s veterinarian. No matter how much your dog’s veterinarian rocks, how much you love them, or how you completely do not want to say “no,” there may come a time that it has to happen.  Here’s how to … [Read More...]

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How to Stop a Dog Who Pees for Revenge

My dog pees in the house for revenge because he is alone all day. He pees for revenge. My dog pees in the house to get even with me for going out without him. He pees for revenge. Which of the above statements are true? Here’s a photo of a dog waiting to go outside so you can think for a minute and then scroll past the photo for the answer. The answer is BOTH ARE FALSE. When a … [Read More...]

indoor dog games

Fun Winter Activities for Dogs #AlpoDogBiscuit

Dogs get cabin fever and can get depressed in the winter months, very similar to the way people do. With a little ingenuity, a bit of creativity, and some treats, winter activities for dogs means keeping the pounds off and minds stimulated despite the inability to engage outdoors. Remember the Alpo brand growing up? Alpo recently launched  a new line of treats called Wholesome Biscuits that are … [Read More...]

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Fidose of Reality 2014 Pawer Women

There are many women in the pet industry who, simply stated, rock. They make a difference, they are folks you should follow, read, get to know, and whose advice/presence/knowledge goes above the norm. Fidose of Reality celebrates these women with our annual 2014"Paw-er Women" announcement. Some of these women you may not know about...and now you can. In some way, shape, or form, they are doing … [Read More...]

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Chick Lit with a Canine Twist Scores

Chick lit with a canine twist: If this sounds like your cup of’ terrier tea, read on. When Susan Daffron was named a Fidose of Reality Paw-er Woman in 2011, she told us, “If you love writing and you love pets, writing about pets doesn’t feel like work.” Her latest offering, Fuzzy Logic, is a … [Read More...]

veterinarian news

How to Say No To the Veterinarian

One of the most stressful things a dog parent can say to a veterinarian is no.  The vet is a trusted source who holds your dog’s life in the palm in their hands: At least that’s how I view our dog’s veterinarian. No matter how much your dog’s veterinarian rocks, how much you love them, or how you … [Read More...]

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dog book review

Chick Lit with a Canine Twist Scores

Chick lit with a canine twist: If this sounds like your cup of’ terrier tea, read on. When Susan Daffron was named a Fidose of Reality Paw-er Woman in 2011, she told us, “If you love writing and you love pets, writing about pets doesn’t feel like … [Read More...]

veterinarian news

How to Say No To the Veterinarian

One of the most stressful things a dog parent can say to a veterinarian is no.  The vet is a trusted source who holds your dog’s life in the palm in their hands: At least that’s how I view our dog’s veterinarian. No matter how much your dog’s … [Read More...]

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Fidose of Reality 2014 Pawer Women

There are many women in the pet industry who, simply stated, rock. They make a difference, they are folks you should follow, read, get to know, and whose advice/presence/knowledge goes above the norm. Fidose of Reality celebrates these women with our … [Read More...]

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How to Stop a Dog Who Pees for Revenge

My dog pees in the house for revenge because he is alone all day. He pees for revenge. My dog pees in the house to get even with me for going out without him. He pees for revenge. Which of the above statements are true? Here’s a photo of a … [Read More...]

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Homeless Cocker Spaniels Inspire Fan Giveaway

Ask any homeless dog what they want for Christmas and it’s a safe bet to guess that ALL of them would wish for a loving, forever home. This letter hit our inbox about two homeless Cocker Spaniels. WARNING: There is nothing graphic in neither in this … [Read More...]

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A Pit Bull, A Christian, and a Lesbian Walk Into a Bar

What would happen if a Pit Bull, a Christian, and a lesbian walked into a bar? It sort of sounds like the set up for an off-color joke and it’s pretty much what it felt like when this tweet crossed my feed: “This has been an historic and momentous … [Read More...]

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Dog Gifts for Dogs Who Have Everything

Holiday gift guides are everywhere these days. With our new focus on all things health and wellness related for dog lovers of the highest order, we’re cutting right to the chase this year. We've got a selection of dog gifts for dogs who have … [Read More...]

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Clean Dog Teeth TropiClean Giveaway #SmoochUrPooch

Long time Fidose of Reality readers know we are head over heels about proper dental care for dogs. Healthy dog teeth means a healthy heart and a healthy heart is what all dog moms and dads want. I'm the dog mom who gives treats and toys but also … [Read More...]

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How To Know if It’s Time for Euthanasia

One of the hardest, most gut-wrenching and life altering moments that can happen to a dog parent happens with regard to euthanasia. There is no right answer to this. Never, I repeat: NEVER let anyone coerce, bully, or guilt you into “putting your dog … [Read More...]

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Some Dogs are More Prone to ACL Tears Than Others

Is there a genetic and/or familial connection for dogs who tear their ACL? According to veterinary medical research, there are some dogs, breeds, and even a familial component existing with regards to tearing their anterior cruciate ligament. … [Read More...]

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Dog Survives Rare Heart Surgery

How far would you go to save your dog's life. What if no veterinarian in the entire country performed an operation your dog needed to save his or her life? Esme the Japanese Chin was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation in April of 2014 and … [Read More...]

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How a #RichellPet Pet Gate Saved My Dog’s Life

There is nothing worse than can happen to a pet parent than the fear that their pet could escape from their home or apartment. As much as I am a super diligent dog mom and someone who prides herself in pet safety and well being, my worst fear was … [Read More...]

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The Mystery of a Dog Mouth #SmoochYourPooch

Impress your friends on Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy, or in casual conversation with this canine health nugget: A dog’s saliva has no enzymes. Ah, the mystery of a dog mouth. By now, most savvy dog moms and dads know the importance of brushing a … [Read More...]

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Does My Dog Really Need Vaccines

My dog had a side effect to routine vaccinations. That side effect was cancer. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my Cocker Spaniel’s right shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her yearly vaccine, it turned out to be cancer. We over … [Read More...]

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How To Exercise a Lazy Dog

My dog hates to exercise. I have a lazy dog who doesn’t want to move or go for walks. Why won’t my dog play with me anymore? If you’ve said (or thought) any of the above, this information is for you. Sometimes dogs aren’t lazy: It’s us pet parents … [Read More...]

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Preventing 9 Little Known Dog Poison Emergencies: Fall Edition

Tis the season, falling leaves, and dangers lurking everywhere. With the holidays upon us, there are clear and present dangers to our dogs: We all know about lighted candles, chocolate, mistletoe, and Xylitol by now. But what about the lesser-known … [Read More...]

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Why Does My Dog Need a Muzzle

Why oh why does my dog have to wear a muzzle at the vet’s office? I cringe when the muzzle comes out. If you are a dog parent who has a dog that has faced the dreaded “face trap,” this post is for you. Time for another installment of Medicine … [Read More...]

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Help for Smelly Dog Mouth #SmoochYourPooch

Help for Smelly Dog Mouth My dog’s mouth smells. This is not a fact I am proud of and the reason for the stench is not because of poor oral hygiene. On the contrary:  I am a once to twice a day brusher of my dog’s teeth and have done so for over … [Read More...]

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How Dog Parents Thwart Rude People

Some people should not share life with a dog. This same mantra applies to people: Some people should not be allowed to have human children. Because pets are viewed as property in the eyes of the law, there are no restrictions on who can purchase or … [Read More...]