Veterinarian Comes Clean About Dog Food and Vaccines

As a dog parent and pet writer, two of the most commonly asked questions I receive include: “What dog food should my dog be eating?” and “What vaccines do I need for my dog and how often?” If you have a new puppy or know someone who does, you definitely want to stay tuned for a hot topic blog post on Monday, June 9th, here on Fidose of Reality.In general, what dog food to … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Dog Bites

 A blood-curdling scream and a pacing Greater Swiss Mountain Dog alerted me to the horror unfolding about a hundred yards away. Hearing the sound someone makes when a dog bites them is not something I ever wish to encounter again.The incident happened when my significant other and I were dog sitting a dozen or so Cocker Spaniels and one "Swissie" for a breeder … [Read more...]

Dog ACL Injury Saga Continues

The long and winding road and issues of a dog having an ACL injury continue.For those familiar, or for those who are reading this and have a dog who has been diagnosed with an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear, here's our story and what we've blogged thus far: Really good references here: March of 2013: ACL partial tear diagnosis from doing a jump for the ball at the … [Read more...]

The Truth About Ticks, Fleas, and Mosquitoes

Diligent dog moms and dads know that there are at least three hidden danger that bite our pets, particularly during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are three of the most upsetting causes of stress to pet parents in general. There are a whole host of ailments that can results as a result of the three pains in the %$#.While at a session … [Read more...]

Human Grade vs. Feed Grade Pet Foods

My dog is a fan of Honest Kitchen dog food. With that said, it made perfect sense that I attended a luncheon table talk at the recent BlogPaws Conference on Lake Las Vegas. The group leader was Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a fellow pet industry connection but also a veterinarian and President at Calfornia Pet Acupuncture & Wellness (CPAW). He dispenses advice and information from a … [Read more...]

Surprise Toxin Can Harm the Family Dog

We all know not to feed our dog chocolate. We need to keep poisons and cleaning agents out of harm's way. Never allow a pet to be unsupervised in a room full of food, as a turkey dinner can cause pancreatitis or worse. Do you know about a hidden and surprising toxin that can harm (or kill) your dog?Savvy dog parents will know about Xylitol, an artificial sweetener added to … [Read more...]

What You Don’t Know About Natural Organic Dog Products

How do you know if something is truly “natural” or “organic” and actually “good” for your dog? Labeling these days can leave any pet parent, present company included, scratching our heads and wondering if what we feed is truly safe to give to our precious canine family members. Natural, organic dog products can be very confusing to many dog parents.Fidose of Reality … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Research for Cocker Inherited Cataracts

New research is being done to identify the gene and mutation responsible for inherited cataracts in Cocker Spaniels, and subsequently, to develop a genetic test that can identify genetically normal, affected, and carrier dogs. Imagine what this can mean for millions of dogs everywhere, beyond Cocker Spaniels: Inherited cataracts being researched and wiped out. The implications … [Read more...]

Help for Dog Stung by Jellyfish

How many of you are taking your dog to a beach on a regular basis? Perhaps you have a pet-friendly beach nearby or you have plans to visit a beach with your dog this summer. We are proponents of pet first aid kits here at Fidose of Reality, but we recently discovered something else you should pack in a dog's first aid kit. Take this kit along when you are taking to the beach … [Read more...]

Pet Industry Takes Notice to Dog Parents Needs

 How many times have you perused the aisles of a pet supply store or cruised the Internet offerings on a pet-related website and felt dizzied? You are not alone, and if this year's BlogPaws Conference is any indication, the pet industry and many pet brands are taking notice.From natural, organic, and healthy to transparent labeling and treats, toys, food, and … [Read more...]