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How To Easily Diagnose and Treat Colitis In Dogs

One of the first signs of colitis in dogs is diarrhea and bloody mucus in the stool. Canine colitis is a painful condition that should always be checked by a veterinarian. I know because we have dealt with the sudden onset of this nasty condition.When my Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, showed signs of both blood and mucus in his stool, I knew we had an issue. A dog’s poop can tell … [Read more...]

What Kind Of Worms Can Dogs Get?

When one member of my Facebook group, Club Cocker, asked me "what kind of worms can dogs get," I began researching. When several members asked the same question over two months’ time, I knew others would benefit from a discussion on dogs and worms.Parasites and worms love to find a host to call home. At some point in most dogs’ lives, they will get infected with worms. … [Read more...]

Secrets From People Whose Dogs Live Longer Lives

One of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received over the years is how to help dogs live longer lives. Amazingly, when I typed “how to help a dog live longer” into Google to prepare for this post, this was one of the first “people also ask questions:”That’s right, how do I make my dog live forever? In a perfect world, your dog would draw his or her last breath … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]