Safe Ways to Prevent Fleas and Ticks 2017 Edition

We hate fleas and ticks but we hate the toxic chemicals to eliminate fleas and ticks even more. Fidose of Reality is all about sharing safe ways to prevent fleas and ticks. Fidose of Reality is all Here’s our reality: A topical chemical flea and tick preventative treatment burned the hair off my dog (it never grew back) and caused what I believe to be the beginning of her … [Read more...]

How Dogs Can Celebrate Thanksgiving

How dogs can celebrate Thanksgiving is all up to you, the loving pet parent. Thanksgiving and dogs are not always the best combination. If you are a fan of this blog, you probably know yours truly is not a good cook. My dog doesn’t really judge me for my lack of culinary skills, but I am also aware that any change in diet can upset a dog’s tummy or worse. Of course, we all … [Read more...]

Beauty Routines To Share With Your Dog

I admit it: My beauty routines include clipping coupons to save money on shampoo I buy at Target, manicuring my own nails at home, and visiting the Ulta store when I accumulate points to go on a shopping spree. For my dog, however, the sky’s the limit. Why is that? The why is L-O-V-E and the fact that my heart beats dog® means there is no coming back: I’m hooked on dogs! … [Read more...]

Dog Alternatives to the Cone of Shame

At some point or another in the life of most dogs, a minor to major surgical procedure will take place. The cone of shame is a go-to apparatus for most veterinarians; after all, it’s what they were taught in veterinary school to put on a dog to prevent licking, infection, or otherwise scratching at a wound that needs to heal. Dog alternatives to the cone of shame do … [Read more...]

Dog Paws are in Danger

Diligent doting dog moms and dads have to put up with an awful lot sometimes. Dog paws are in danger. It’s 2016 and the arrival of the modern canine is here. It irks me to no end, then, that those of us who choose to share our lives with a dog sometimes put up with complete and utter BS from: Folks who also have dogs but consider them property and don’t go a few extra … [Read more...]

Dog Water Dangers No One Talks About

There’s something lurking in the water and that something could potentially kill your dog. We’ve all heard of drowning dangers and the dangers of dogs not consuming enough water. There are, however, some dangers and misconceptions floating around the Web about dog water dangers. Let us splash a FiDOSE of Reality over these dog dangers, tell you how to avoid them, and clear … [Read more...]

Warm Weather First Aid Tips for Dogs

Do you know first aid tips for dogs? One Summer morning, two frisky Cockapoos were playfully exploring their fenced yard when Rudy caught Abigail off guard and bounded at her from behind the rose bushes.  As Abby took a tumble landing dazed and confused, a bee flew passed her.  The twosome, quickly distracted by this new found fun, attempted to play a game of pounce with … [Read more...]

Dog Healthcare Headlines For Pet Parents

Fidose of Reality strives to bring you current dog healthcare and wellness use you can use. There have been quite a few stories generating interest in the dog world of late, many of them involving keeping dogs healthy, both physically and mentally. How many of these stories have you heard about? Read on, and then go hug your dog...or not...you weigh in: Science Says Dogs … [Read more...]

How to Control Lip Fold Dermatitis in Dogs

My dog’s mouth stinks. Lip fold dermatitis is the cause. I get at least one email a week, if not more, asking me what a dog mom or dog dad can do to help alleviate their dog’s smelly mouth. If you are diligently providing at-home dental care for your dog on a regular basis, seeing the veterinarian for regular oral checkups and examinations, and the smell still exists, it may … [Read more...]

Help for Dogs with a Mast Cell Tumor

I found a lump on my dog. These are words no dog parent ever wants to say, but lumps on a dog are very common and may increase in frequency as a dog ages. If you are reading this post, your dog has likely been diagnosed with a mast cell tumor. Often dubbed the "Great Imposter," any lump on a dog needs to be examined by a veterinarian. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my … [Read more...]