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...]

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 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...]

Dog Massage: Trend or Treatment

Ah yes, that’s the spot, a little lower. If dogs could talk, no doubt they’d be interested in a dog massage. What some may guffaw at is actually a very real, doable, and human-animal enhancing experience to bond with your dog and spot potential health problems. “Will you be using the in-room masseuse during your stay, Mrs. Bryant?” The concierge asks that of my dog when … [Read more...]

How Dogs Can Celebrate Thanksgiving

How dogs can celebrate Thanksgiving is all up to you, the loving pet parent. Thanksgiving and dogs are not always the best combination. If you are a fan of this blog, you probably know yours truly is not a good cook. My dog doesn’t really judge me for my lack of culinary skills, but I am also aware that any change in diet can upset a dog’s tummy or worse. Of course, we all … [Read more...]

Could Your Dog’s Hormones Be Out of Whack?

Hormones are involved in so many different canine ailments and diagnoses that it's time to answer this question: Could your dog's hormones be out of whack? Well, maybe. At the very least, monitoring a dog's hormones is a good idea to keep him or her happy, healthy, and in balance. See how many of these different disorders and medical issues you related to a dog's … [Read more...]

The Bewitching Powers and Dangers of Pumpkin for Dogs

Behold the pumpkin: It's a seasonal treat and a year-round staple for many folks, but there are both powers and dangers of pumpkin for dogs. Here, we dispel some myths, go inside the great pumpkin, and share a Fi-dose of Reality when it comes to dogs and pumpkin consumption. Pumpkin: Canned or Real Deal? Do not give your dog sugary, spicy pie filling. Pumpkin that is … [Read more...]

Dog Limping Reasons No One Talks About

One of the most common reasons pet parents take their dog to the veterinarian is to answer the question, “Why is my dog limping?” The fine folks at petMD list some common causes for dog limping, but what about the off-the-beaten bath dog limping reasons no one talks about? Like people, dogs can tear, break, strain, or damage any number of structures of the body and a limp … [Read more...]

Beauty Routines To Share With Your Dog

I admit it: My beauty routines include clipping coupons to save money on shampoo I buy at Target, manicuring my own nails at home, and visiting the Ulta store when I accumulate points to go on a shopping spree. For my dog, however, the sky’s the limit. Why is that? The why is L-O-V-E and the fact that my heart beats dog® means there is no coming back: I’m hooked on dogs! … [Read more...]

Should I Give My Dog Probiotics?

How do I know if I should give my dog probiotics? This is a question we receive a few times a month at Fidose of Reality. There is a time and a place for probiotic usage in dogs, but in true reality-based style, we’ll give you the facts, what to look for in a probiotic, and what some veterinarians in the know have to say on the topic. What is a Probiotic? A probiotic is … [Read more...]