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...]

Problems and Solutions with Cocker Spaniel Eyes

Eyes of melted chocolate: This is the way many describe the Cocker Spaniel eye. Those gorgeous eyes also come with their fair share of difficulties. Here is your guide to problems and solutions with Cocker Spaniel eyes. (note: Most of this information applies to all breeds of dogs and mixed pooches, so read on): The Basic Anatomy of Cocker Spaniel Eyes   Eyelids … [Read more...]

The Reality of Cold Laser Treatment for Dogs

Snap. Crackle. Pop. The sounds of a cereal but also the sounds my dog’s leg made in early 2013 when he partially tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), sometimes called CCL. After a fun play session at the park in early March, my dog, Dexter, developed a lameness and bit of a hobble gait at night and after rising from a resting position. Despite rest and not allowing him to … [Read more...]

Dog Parents Guide to Safely Slowing Dog Arthritis

Fatty tissue produces inflammatory hormones that cause chronic inflammation and that means dog arthritis!  You could have knocked me over with a dog biscuit when in learning that fat can cause chronic inflammation. Dr. Julie Buzby is a partner in healthy dog living and safely treating dog arthritis, and she gave gave us a (fi)dose of reality with that factoid. Those few pounds … [Read more...]

Questions to Ask Before Dog Surgery

One of the most unsettling things a diligent dog parent faces is learning dog surgery is imperative. Whether for a sudden injury, to go under anesthesia for a routine procedure, or something planned, keeping your dog's safety is first and foremost. In my lifetime as a dog mom and close to a dozen years in the dog writing and dog blogging space, I've talked to countless numbers … [Read more...]

Dog Vital Signs Every Dog Parent Should Know

A diligent dog parent knows when to feed their dog, that weight management is important, having veterinary checkups is key, but what about dog vital signs? It’s important to know what is normal so that when something is not right, you can seek veterinary care for your dog. At their core, vital signs are the most measurements of the body’s most basic functions. Here are … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

Water: It is the basic foundation of life and dogs need it. If you want to get your dog to drink more water, this blog post is the equivalent of a gushing waterfall: Full of energy and something to come back to time and again for water drinking tips. Note: If your dog has increased thirst or is generally not drinking or drinking very little on a continuous basis, seek … [Read more...]

Help If You Can’t Afford Your Dog Medical Bill

What can you do if you simply cannot afford your dog medical bill? The bottom line is this: If your dog has an accident, sudden illness, or is stricken with costly medical treatment, dog parents should never have to stress over how they will afford it. About 1.4 million pets in the U.S. and Canada were covered by a plan at the end of 2014, according to the North American Pet … [Read more...]

Am I Making My Dog Sick? #WeBelieveinNB

“Am I making my dog sick?” I will never forget the story told by a veterinary technician to me several years ago that opened with that line. The dog mom was so distraught that one small but mighty inaction caused her dog to get sick to the point of hospitalization. Dog Food Ruled Out The type of food she fed her dog, and still does (the dog survived) was not the … [Read more...]