How to Keep a Senior Dog Feeling Young

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a human being is sharing life with a dog. This is my story. This is my truth. This is my life. One of the harshest realities in being a dog parent is watching as your once spry and active dog slows down and isn't as spunky or active anymore. Age is just a number. None of us want to be judged by numeric digits, and that includes our … [Read more...]

Dog Healthcare Headlines For Pet Parents

Fidose of Reality strives to bring you current dog healthcare and wellness use you can use. There have been quite a few stories generating interest in the dog world of late, many of them involving keeping dogs healthy, both physically and mentally. How many of these stories have you heard about? Read on, and then go hug your dog...or not...you weigh in: Science Says Dogs … [Read more...]

I Want My Dog To Live Longer

Of all the questions that we receive, how to help a dog live a longer life is among the most frequently asked questions. As a mom whose heart truly beats dog, I have this share this sentiment and want my dog to live as long as humanly possible. A wise person once wrote that the short life span of a dog is perhaps his or her only fault. I don't give a fig what a non-scientific … [Read more...]

Squeeze The Puppies: Do Regular Breast Exams

Squeeze the puppies. Keep your ta ta's in line. Make sure you are lump free. If you want to stick around and be a dog mom to your pooch, please do regular self breast examinations and have mammograms as dictated by your doctor. As dog moms (and dads), we do so much to help keep our dogs healthy, and we owe it to our dogs to be around for the long haul. Fidose of Reality is … [Read more...]

How to Control Lip Fold Dermatitis in Dogs

My dog’s mouth stinks. I get at least one email a week, if not more, asking me what a dog mom or dog dad can do to help alleviate their dog’s smelly mouth. If you are diligently providing at-home dental care for your dog on a regular basis, seeing the veterinarian for regular oral checkups and examinations, and the smell still exists, it may not be a dental issue at all. Lip … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Prevent Cancer in Dogs

Cancer: No six letters instills the fear of dread in a dog parent than the “C” word. Canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs.  Of those, over half of them will die of cancer. Can you stop or prevent cancer in dogs? The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent your dog from becoming one out of every three dogs who will acquire cancer. Here … [Read more...]

10 Things Veterinarians Do That Drive Dog Owners Crazy

Of late, there are an awful lot of "pet peeves of veterinarians" going around online. Want to drive dog owners crazy? Well, veterinarians sometimes do this, too! I have a major love and respect for veterinarians who truly have the interests of their pet clients at heart: Vets who are underpaid, work long hours, never know what is coming through the door most times, and have to … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Dog Ear Infections

Everywhere you turn these days, some company seems to have a lotion, potion, powder, or “sure thing” to prevent dog ear infections. As the pet parent to a floppy eared pooch for most of my adult life, I can attest to the power of keeping a dog’s ears clean as the best advice I can dispense in terms of preventing ear infections. It sounds like common sense, but there is no … [Read more...]

Help for Dogs with a Mast Cell Tumor

I found a lump on my dog. These are words no dog parent ever wants to say, but lumps on a dog are very common and may increase in frequency as a dog ages. If you are reading this post, your dog has likely been diagnosed with a mast cell tumor. Often dubbed the "Great Imposter," any lump on a dog needs to be examined by a veterinarian. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my … [Read more...]

How Far Would You Go For Your Dog?

Perhaps one of the most unsavory and disturbing trends involves folks who feel they are the mortality police. The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is a very personal and heartbreaking one. I know because I’ve been down that road. Telling me to put a dog down in the name of cost savings is grounds for dismissal from my life, and I know I am not alone in feeling this way. So … [Read more...]