Journey of a Dog With IMT: One Year Later

One year ago, my dog was diagnosed with IMT, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, a life-threatening disease that nearly took him, without warning, from this world. I was devastated, shocked, but determined. Nothing stops this dog mama from doing what it takes to provide her dog with the best care possible. That said, there is a lot I’ve learned over these past 365 days, which I … [Read more...]

Dogs of Hurricane Maria One Year Later: A Personal Story

With the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria here, it brought me back to when food, water, cash, power and communications were nearly impossible to come by. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. Once the Hurricane passed, the real pain set him. Streets that were once well lit and safe became dark and dangerous. There was looting. There were random … [Read more...]

Dog Halloween Photo Contest 2018

Spooky, scary, pretty, funny: Come one, come all, it's time for the Eighth Annual Fidose of Reality Dog Halloween Photo Contest with TEN prize packs up for grabs! Entering is easy, prizes are fab, and all dogs are welcomed: past and present. Four entries per person are allowed: This means no more than four pictures per person. You must own the photo and please do not have … [Read more...]

What Dog Food Is Best For My Dog?

If you are fussy about the food your dog eats, this is the blog post for you. I will always tell my readers that the best dog food for your dog is the one that works best for them. If you have no idea what food that is, we can help. Take a peek at these pictures. The one on the left is kibble, while the one on the right is a fresh food diet. Which would you rather eat daily? … [Read more...]

Unexpected Warning Signs of Dog Cancer

Marley’s Story Marley sat down and a lump appeared. Marley stood up and it disappeared. Long time readers of this blog know that we believe in the ‘don’t wait, aspirate’ rule of thumb when it comes to lumps on dogs. At the very least, a veterinary visit is in order for further testing. This seemingly innocuous lump turned out to be cancer, and a very aggressive, high grade … [Read more...]

Why Is My Dog Limping On The Front Leg

There is never a dull moment in my life. I recently had the displeasure of answering the question, “Why is my dog limping on the front leg.” Fireworks is the exact answer, but a soft tissue injury was the official diagnosis. You’ve likely arrived at this article because your dog is limping on one or both of his front paws, his front leg is being held in the air, and/or he is … [Read more...]

Dog Lover Backstage Pass Exclusive With Dr. Harvey’s

As a dog mom, dog writer, and dog lover of the highest order, we have access to thousands of dog products. We get asked to do product reviews, share social news, and try new products to hit the marketplace. We say yes to those brands we believe in, use, trust, and recommend to our friends, family, and Fidose of Reality followers. “How would you like to come out for a visit … [Read more...]

How To Treat And Prevent Lipomas in Dogs

A lipoma is a common, and often frustrating, occurrence in dogs, prompting dog owners to take their dog to the vet so that cancer is ruled out. If you’ve landed on this article, your dog has a lipoma, or perhaps multiple lipomas, and you want to prevent and treat the ones he or she has. Contrary to popular belief, there are things you can do to decrease the likelihood of … [Read more...]

My Deceased Dog Connected With Me In The Twilight Zone

If you believe in miracles and dogs who have passed on sending us postcards and signs from the Rainbow Bridge, then stick around. Recently, my deceased dog came to me through the Twilight Zone. Anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a beloved dog, or any animal for that matter, I empathize, sympathize, and walk this path of hell with you. Wounded warriors we are: All this … [Read more...]

Is It Okay To Get A Dog From a Dog Breeder?

It’s totally okay to get your dog from a reputable dog breeder. Keep the word reputable in mind as you read through this post. What I am about to say might just help facilitate this age-old debate between reputable breeder vs reputable rescue. Spoiler alert: It’s possible to have both. I love all dogs, but Cocker Spaniels own my heart. I’ve adopted a dog and I’ve also … [Read more...]