Safe Ways to Prevent Fleas and Ticks

It’s time for the 2015 edition of safe ways to prevent fleas and ticks from attacking and/or attaching their nasty selves to your dog. We’ve come a long way since flea collars and chemical-based spot on treatments that can actually do more harm than good for dogs. It’s 2015 and we do better because we know better. I am not a scientist, but I am a dog mom who knows the folks … [Read more...]

10 Summer Household Items That Can Kill Dogs

Summer has officially arrived. The dog days, the heat, the sun, the pool, the fun, and of course, the living is free and easy. Well, for millions of dogs summertime is anything but free and easy. In fact, there are dangers lurking that you might not even realize are dangerous. Here are 10 summer household items that can easily harm or kill dogs and why. Take note and let … [Read more...]

Hope Seeking Forever Home: Dog of the Week

Hope Seeking Forever Home: Dog of the Week. As we head into a weekend, for this week's Featured Fido, we are spotlighting Hope. Hope is a word that, according to Merriam Webster, means, "to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true." Hope wants to find a forever home to love her and give her the life she deserves; perhaps that home is … [Read more...]

8 Hacks to Prevent Dog Fleas and Ticks

Nasty creepy crawly critters can ruin a vacation, cause sleepless nights, and turn your home into a pest-be-gone war zone: it’s the time of year pet parents dread the most: Flea and tick season . Thankfully, Fidose of Reality has 8 hacks to prevent dog fleas and ticks: Shake It Off Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE): I carry this stuff around in my dog’s “bag of stuff” on … [Read more...]

Scary Reality of Dogs Without Dental Care #DogDentalHealth

Remember those commercials that ran a few years back, or more, that showed what cigarette smoking could do to a person? Here’s one that stuck with me: Anti Smoking from Hungry Man UK on Vimeo. Now imagine what not taking care of your dog’s teeth can do to your dog’s overall health. It’s quite alarming, but sometimes pictures speak louder than words. There is a scary … [Read more...]

Seven Dog Winter Dangers And How to Prevent Them

Winter myths and lies are blowing across the landscape these days. Not everything you read online is true, on this we can agree. But there are some winter myths that make their way into mainstream. Myths have no place when it comes to a dog’s well being and winter safety. Dog winter dangers are rampant, but knowing how to prevent them is so simple. Here are 7 realities to … [Read more...]

How to Find a Good Veterinarian

“My dog’s eye is bleeding, how could this have happened?” It was the mid 90’s and those are words I said aloud in a busy waiting room. “Look, no one can stay here to watch these dogs all night,” the voice of authority commanded. “You want to just leave her and pick her up tomorrow if you can’t handle it, then?” I took my dog away from that busy waiting room, promising … [Read more...]

10 Touches To Save a Dog’s Life

Dogs make our lives better: They are ready at a moment’s notice to be mood enhancers, help people recover better after a heart attack, and just sitting and petting a dog can make both parties involved feel better. Touching a dog, in fact, can save a life. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my first Cocker Spaniel’s shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her then … [Read more...]

Call the Vet or Believe Dog Health Info Online?

“I will not believe everything I read online, and I will call my dog’s veterinarian if there are any immediate health concerns or issues that arise with my dog’s health.” The above is the one resolution we ask all Fidose of Reality readers, followers, and dog parents to make from this moment going forward. Above all, we are a health and wellness blog. We are also a blog … [Read more...]

The Mystery of a Dog Mouth #SmoochYourPooch

Impress your friends on Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy, or in casual conversation with this canine health nugget: A dog’s saliva has no enzymes. Ah, the mystery of a dog mouth. By now, most savvy dog moms and dads know the importance of brushing a dog’s teeth, how it can add years to a pooch’s life, and how many problems can be prevented and/or detected from establishing a good … [Read more...]