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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 given a few months to live. His dad, M. Dylan Raskin, spent nearly $32,000 thus far to save his dog's life with a rare heart surgery. As of today, … [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 given a few months to live. His dad, M. Dylan Raskin, spent nearly $32,000 thus far to save his dog's life with a rare heart surgery. As of today, … [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 nearly realized. Last month, the folks from Richell Pet asked if I would like to review their Premium Plus Freestanding Pet Gate with Door. For the … [Read More...]

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Holiday Dog Photo Contest for $700 in Prizes

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels. Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles. These are a few of my favorite things: But Fidose of Reality has over a dozen more “favorite things” to add to the list this year. It’s time for our biggest photo contest of the year: The Fourth Annual Fidose of Reality Holiday Dog Photo Contest for over $700 in prizes! Entering is easy, … [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 nearly realized. Last month, the folks from … [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 dog’s teeth, how it can add years to a pooch’s life, … [Read More...]

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Treat the Feet and Other Dog Paw Problems

I have a paw fetish. I don’t know what it is: from the tip of their nose to the base of their tushes, my heart beats dog.™ There is something about a dog’s paws that pretty much melts me. I love dog’s paws so much that there are two of them … [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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Fidose of Reality is Going to Health

Fidose of Reality is going to health! We asked you, our loyal readers, what topics you are most interested in reading more about in the dog world, and your voices are loud and clear: Dog health and wellness that tells the truth! The words “fido” … [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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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...]