How To Keep A Dog’s Kidneys Healthy

Just like people, dogs have two kidneys that serve to regulate blood pressure along with calcium and vitamin D metabolism, but they also help in the creation of new red blood cells. The kidneys help normalize salt and water in the dog’s body. A dog’s kidneys balance certain substances in the bloodstream while helping to filter out waste as urine. If the kidneys malfunction, … [Read more...]

How To Treat and Prevent Gallbladder Disease In Dogs

A silent but deadly epidemic is taking place that affects thousands of dogs every single year. A ruptured gallbladder caused by a mucocele is one of the new leading causes of canine deaths. That's right: gallbladder disease in dogs can be deadly. Even scarier, the pathophysiology/cause of mucocele formation on the gallbladder is not completely known nor understood. I … [Read more...]

How To Cut A Dog’s Nails Without Harming The Dog

One of the most frequent requests we receive is from readers wanting to learn how to cut a dog's nails without harming the dog. The primary concern of most dog parents is the fear of clipping too short and causing the dog to have pain and ultimately, to bleed. I know all about that because I was one of those dog moms who longed to have the ability to trim my dog's nails. After … [Read more...]

Should I Monitor Dog Blood Pressure

When your dog goes to the veterinarian, their vital signs and weight are generally checked, but what about dog blood pressure? Think about all of the times you’ve visited the vet with a dog. Has the vet ever offered or asked if you monitor the dog blood pressure at home? Does the vet ever put a cuff on your dog’s leg to take an in-office blood pressure reading? These are the … [Read more...]

How To Help Dogs With Mitral Valve Disease

If your dog has been diagnosed with mitral valve disease or you want to know more about dogs with mitral valve disease, you’ve come to the right place. As always, Fidose of Reality brings you the most researched information, expert feedback, and what is and isn’t working for other dog parents with a dog who has mitral valve disease. One thing to keep in mind as you read this … [Read more...]

Ten Lies Told By Dog Food Makers

Smart marketing is one of the basic tenets of any industry. In the case of the dog food industry, it’s all about caveat paw emptor: pet parent buyer beware. Working in the pet industry for close to a decade, there are things I’ve learned that every dog parent should know about dog food labels. Turn that bag, can, or container around, ignore the dog running through a field at … [Read more...]

Grain Free Dog Foods May Link To Heart Disease

Heart disease is a growing and common diagnosis in dogs. Max the Cocker Spaniel wasn’t doing so well. At the time, his mom, Patty Troup, was far from home and visits a local veterinarian with her dog. The vet tells her that Max has maybe three days to live. On the ride home, Troup phones her regular veterinarian with the devastating news. He wants to see the dog right … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]