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Four Easy Ways to Keep Dog Teeth Clean

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 a healthy dog dental health routine. No sermons, no “hey get to it,” here’s your Fi-DOSE of reality for dog dental care with four … [Read more...]

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 is one of the lowest, emptiest feelings a dog parent experiences. If your dog has ever needed surgery, teeth cleaning, or any … [Read more...]

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 to this article. “Carol, you seem so self-assured and were able to get past the loss of your dog. How did you do it?” That … [Read more...]

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 Because He’s Cute Fact: Well, not always. I recall a dog trainer friend asking me one time if I liked strangers to hug me … [Read more...]

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 health condition threatened their dog's vision. “Leo first showed the onset of the condition in February of this year,” Tom Coller … [Read more...]

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 concern for dog lovers, especially in the spring, summer and fall," Earth Heart founder and CEO, Vicki Rae Thorne, says. "There is only … [Read more...]

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 own words and pictures, Devri shares the tale of Thurmie's panniculitis diagnosis. In early April of this year, I noticed a large … [Read more...]

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 new norm. Some dog toys are lethal weapons. Armed with these facts, you can help save your own dog's life and those of your … [Read more...]

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 heavily ensconced in the pet industry and I have contact with a lot of experts in the ever-expanding field of alternative and … [Read more...]

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 seven dog myth busters that science has debunked: Myth: Dogs cannot feel emotions and feelings in the same way as … [Read more...]