Should Dogs Being Given Medication for Behavioral Problems?

While visiting the human doctor recently for a yearly checkup, a conversation ensued about dogs that led to the topic of giving a dog medication for behavioral problems. The doctor explained that her dog continually had behavioral issues: He was nervous, scared, and in her words, “not trainable” from one supposed trainer after another. She reported that anti-anxiety and … [Read more...]

Are Homemade Dog Treats Really Safe?

Everyone seems to have a homemade dog treat recipe these days, present company excluded. Aside from the eagerness of some pet parents to overfeed homemade treats, not all biscuits are created equal. In fact, some homemade dog treat ingredients can be dangerous to your dog’s health. Before we get started on the ingredients to avoid, how many of these statements do you believe … [Read more...]

Fidose of Reality 2016 Pawer Women

The pawer women are here! The ending of one year and the beginning of another brings with it great joy and reflection: In 365 days, a lot can…and does…happen. As is our year-end tradition, Fidose of Reality announces a list of women in the pet industry who go above and beyond. In some way, shape, or form, these ladies did something to impact the lives of dogs in 2016 (and no … [Read more...]

Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2016 Winners

WOW, did you all step up your holiday photo game! The Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2016 received the most entries ever to date, and we've been hosting this contest for many years. Thanks to every single one of you for entering your dogs into the photo contest. You all are truly top dog, but alas, our panel of three independent judges (and I am not one of them), narrowed it … [Read more...]

Five Biggest Surprising Holiday Dangers to Dogs

Everyone’s telling you about the holiday dangers to dogs, especially this time of year. However, many of the articles and blog posts we are seeing don’t include some of the more surprising and less talked about holiday dangers to dogs. The folks at Pet Poison Helpline are alerting dog parents to keep a close eye on these dangers, as they might just sneak up and surprise you … [Read more...]

The Dog Wedding DVD Fundraiser

It’s love at first sniff for two bulldogs that then sparks an unlikely romance between a stressed-out businesswoman and a professional wrestler in the bark-out loud comedy, The Dog Wedding. The Dog Wedding movie is now available on DVD and makes the paw-fect Christmas gift for the rom-com, dog-loving people on your holiday gift list. Better yet, for every sale of The Dog … [Read more...]

Have Yourself a Personalized Dog Holiday

I am Christmas Carol and I am an anti-craftite. I was born on Christmas Day so I am a bit obsessed with all things Christmas including personalized dog gifts. That said, I am that woman in craft stores who spends $80 dollars to make something that ends up looking like a gluey oozy mess. Yet, I try. I have an inner crafter hidden somewhere inside of me, so I channel that … [Read more...]

Help If Your Dog Won’t Eat His Dog Food #WeBelieveinNB

One of the most frustrating and concerning things a dog parent can experience is that moment when their dog simply refuses his dog food. I’ve been down this road, and my previous Cocker Spaniel was by far the most finicky dog I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my life. Getting my dog to eat a high quality food which allowed for healthy digestion while pleasing her palate is … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Prevent Your Dog From Hating the Holidays

Ah, the holidays: Joy and tinsel, celebrating and presents, family and friends, and making sure the dog is a part of it all. What you think might be fun and festive could potentially be something your dog dislikes. Here then, in the true spirit of the Fidose of Reality season, are 8 ways to prevent your dog from hating the holidays and a bonus gift idea for dog parents. Feel … [Read more...]

The Reality of Canine Seizures Plus Giveaway

Watching a dog experience seizures is one of the most disturbing things a dog parent can ever experience; I know because my first Cocker Spaniel experienced two seizures in her nearly 15 years on earth. If your dog has had a seizure or has been diagnosed with epilepsy, you have likely landed on this article for those reasons. “Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic … [Read more...]