8 Hacks to Prevent Dog Fleas and Ticks

Nasty creepy crawly critters can ruin a vacation, cause sleepless nights, and turn your home into a pest-be-gone war zone: it’s the time of year pet parents dread the most: Flea and tick season . Thankfully, Fidose of Reality has 8 hacks to prevent dog fleas and ticks: Shake It Off Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE): I carry this stuff around in my dog’s “bag of stuff” on … [Read more...]

Scary Reality of Dogs Without Dental Care #DogDentalHealth

Remember those commercials that ran a few years back, or more, that showed what cigarette smoking could do to a person? Here’s one that stuck with me: Anti Smoking from Hungry Man UK on Vimeo. Now imagine what not taking care of your dog’s teeth can do to your dog’s overall health. It’s quite alarming, but sometimes pictures speak louder than words. There is a scary … [Read more...]

Seven Dog Winter Dangers And How to Prevent Them

Winter myths and lies are blowing across the landscape these days. Not everything you read online is true, on this we can agree. But there are some winter myths that make their way into mainstream. Myths have no place when it comes to a dog’s well being and winter safety. Dog winter dangers are rampant, but knowing how to prevent them is so simple. Here are 7 realities to … [Read more...]

How to Find a Good Veterinarian

“My dog’s eye is bleeding, how could this have happened?” It was the mid 90’s and those are words I said aloud in a busy waiting room. “Look, no one can stay here to watch these dogs all night,” the voice of authority commanded. “You want to just leave her and pick her up tomorrow if you can’t handle it, then?” I took my dog away from that busy waiting room, promising … [Read more...]

10 Touches To Save a Dog’s Life

Dogs make our lives better: They are ready at a moment’s notice to be mood enhancers, help people recover better after a heart attack, and just sitting and petting a dog can make both parties involved feel better. Touching a dog, in fact, can save a life. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my first Cocker Spaniel’s shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her then … [Read more...]

Call the Vet or Believe Dog Health Info Online?

“I will not believe everything I read online, and I will call my dog’s veterinarian if there are any immediate health concerns or issues that arise with my dog’s health.” The above is the one resolution we ask all Fidose of Reality readers, followers, and dog parents to make from this moment going forward. Above all, we are a health and wellness blog. We are also a blog … [Read more...]

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, and how many problems can be prevented and/or detected from establishing a good … [Read more...]

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 permanently tattooed on my outer thigh (more about that another time). Dogs also can develop paw problems. A common myth in among dog … [Read more...]

Just FoR Today: Six winter dog care myths and facts

If you can do just one thing just FoR today (FoR as in “Fidose of Reality”) to change your dog’s life, how paw-tastic would that be? We've been discussing different things here on Fidose of Reality that take seconds or minutes but can make a huge difference in a dog's health, well-being, and life in general. Just FoR today, February 23, 2012: What are some of the most … [Read more...]

Just FoR Today: Does touching my dog really matter?

If you can do just one thing just FoR today (FoR as in “Fidose of Reality”) to change your dog’s life, how paw-tastic would that be? Touching my dog is today's topic. We've  been  scouring the world of dog news and sharing with Fidose of Reality readers tips to enhance your dog’s life and things to ensure they aren’t a victim of things like dog food scares, treat recalls, … [Read more...]