Help for Dogs with a Heart Murmur

My heart beats dog™ and after my dog was diagnosed with a heart murmur, that rhythm went a bit out of sync but never stopped. If you are looking for information about dogs with a heart murmur and how to help them, that is the focus of this article. First and foremost, a heart murmur in a dog is not a death sentence. As a lifelong dog mom and dog parent to two Cocker Spaniels … [Read more...]

Dog Winter Safety Check List

Do you have a dog winter safety check list handy? We do! Dogs are more resistant to cold weather because of their fur, right? WRONG!!!!! With terms like bomb cyclone infiltrating news feeds, dog moms and dog dads wonder how to keep dogs warm in cold temperatures. Thankfully, we have over two decades experience on this topic AND we’ve put some products and theories to the … [Read more...]

How to Help a Dog With Pancreatitis

How could my dog possibly have pancreatitis? He is 9 years young, receives incredible care, and yet here I am scouring the Internet to learn how to help a dog with pancreatitis. My Cocker Spaniel has had two bouts of acute pancreatitis in the last 60 days as of this writing, and we hope it stays away. Our previous Cocker Spaniel had one bout of acute pancreatitis in her nearly … [Read more...]

How to Give Your Dog a Pill

Despite a lifetime of being a dedicated dog mom, one of my biggest tasks to perform is that of giving my dog a pill. If you know how to give your dog a pill without upsetting the dog or fretting over the process yourself, more power to you and we applaud you. If, however, you experience dread at the thought of how to get a pill into your dog without 25 pieces of ham or cream … [Read more...]

10 Touches To Keep A Dog Healthy

Life is a journey and dogs make it better. One of the best ways to ensure your dog remains a loving, loyal part of the family for a long time is to touch him or her. 10 touches, 10 minutes, once a week will keep a dog healthy, happy, and rewarding you with love. Why Does Touch Matter? Knowing what ‘normal’ looks like and feels like on your dog means that when … [Read more...]

Help for Dogs Fighting IMT Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia

This is the blog post I dread writing. I always knew that Cocker Spaniels, more so than most other breeds, are extra prone to IMT, immune mediated thrombocytopenia. This blog post will serve as a journal of my dog's battle to fight IMT, what we are experiencing, his journey, and hopefully this diary-style blog post will help answer questions about this disease and how it may … [Read more...]

How to Clip Dog Nails at Home

For over the last quarter of a century, dog nails was a task handled by my dog's groomer. I always wanted to learn how to clip dog nails at home, but there's that fear that the dog would squirm, I'd cut the nail and the quick would bleed, hence a veterinary emergency room visit. If you really have your heart set on learning to clip dog nails at home and are willing to put in … [Read more...]

Natural Solutions for Dog Allergies

Allergy season is upon us! You might be taking your daily Claritin, but we can’t forget about our furry friends this time of year. There are natural solutions for dog allergies, and perhaps some of these ideas will help your dog get relief. My poor Shih-Tzu, Benji, got the short end of the stick when it comes to allergies for dogs. Not only does he have allergies to certain … [Read more...]

Dog Thyroid Problem or Dog Obesity

Behavioral issues, lethargy, and weight gain are all signs of a dog thyroid problem. Often times, dog parents will attribute canine weight gain to feeding too many treats, too much dog food, and/or not enough exercise. As dog mom who has shared life with a hypothyroid dog, I know all too well about the signs, symptoms, and often misdiagnosis of obesity when, in fact, the … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Dog Shampoos

Dog shampoo can actually harm your dog, make him or her sick, or worse. There are serious dangers of dog shampoos, so Fidose of Reality investigates. As diligent dog parents, we pay attention and read ingredients on the food and treats our dogs consume, but how often do we read (and understand) the ingredients in dog shampoo? Some dog shampoos can be downright hazardous, … [Read more...]