How To Know if It’s Time for Euthanasia

One of the hardest, most gut-wrenching and life altering moments that can happen to a dog parent happens with regard to euthanasia. There is no right answer to this. Never, I repeat: NEVER let anyone coerce, bully, or guilt you into “putting your dog down.” Euthanasia is a personal decision made in the best interests of your beloved dog. How to know if it's time for euthanasia … [Read more...]

Some Dogs are More Prone to ACL Tears Than Others

Is there a genetic and/or familial connection for dogs who tear their ACL? According to veterinary medical research, there are some dogs, breeds, and even a familial component existing with regards to tearing their anterior cruciate ligament.  Indeed, some dogs are more prone to ACL tears than others. I know first hand because:A) My dog has torn his ACL in both legs within … [Read more...]

Dog Survives Rare Heart Surgery

How far would you go to save your dog's life. What if no veterinarian in the entire country performed an operation your dog needed to save his or her life? Esme the Japanese Chin was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation in April of 2014 and given a few months to live. His dad, M. Dylan Raskin, spent nearly $32,000 thus far to save his dog's life with a rare heart … [Read more...]

Do Dogs Get Headaches?

Can dogs get a headache, and if so, how would we, their human counterparts know they were in pain?According to the National Headache Foundation, there are an estimated 45 million human headache sufferers in the United States. I one of those statistics as an adult sufferer of the occasional migraine despite preventative measures taken to stop them. My head hurts, I can tell … [Read more...]

Does My Dog Really Need Vaccines

My dog had a side effect to routine vaccinations. That side effect was cancer.When a tiny raised lump appeared on my Cocker Spaniel’s right shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her yearly vaccine, it turned out to be cancer.We over vaccinate our dogs (and cats) in this country. Plain and simple: Overvaccination and the horrible side effects of this practice has … [Read more...]

How To Exercise a Lazy Dog

My dog hates to exercise. I have a lazy dog who doesn’t want to move or go for walks. Why won’t my dog play with me anymore?If you’ve said (or thought) any of the above, this information is for you. Sometimes dogs aren’t lazy: It’s us pet parents who aren’t engaging our dogs and motivating them to do things, have fun, and enjoy their time on earth. Here's how to exercise a … [Read more...]

Secrets to Preventing a Dog Urinary Tract Infection

She’s squatting and straining to pee.He’s urinating what looks like droplets of blood.One of the most uncomfortable infections a canine can get is a dog urinary tract infection.  If you’ve ever experienced a urinary tract infection, the pain, pressure, and uncomfortable sensation to “go” yet nothing comes out is simply miserable. We can complain about it; our dogs … [Read more...]

Dog ACL Surgery The Second Time Around

Snap. Crackle. Pop. The familiar sound I like hearing in my cereal bowl but not emitting from my dog’s leg. If you follow Fidose of Reality, you might recall that our PR (Puppy Relations) Manager, Dexter, tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in 2013. We tried everything from the conservative management perspective including rest, ice, heat, cold laser therapy, customized … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Sleeping With Dogs

Is it dangerous for dogs to sleep with us? Every now and again this debate rears its canine head, and we've seen it floating around our blogosphere travels lately. So let's open up the great dog sleeping with human debate, shall we? The danger of sleeping with dogs in our household are but one: That we wake up chilly at 3 am because Dexter has all the covers.Let sleeping … [Read more...]

New Years Resolutions for Dogs

Did you know four out of five people who make resolutions break them by the end of January? The main reason for resolution failure is setting so many goals that trying to stick to them becomes arduous. A little trick that has worked for me (and my dog): Space your goals out to one per month! Here's a month by month way to keep motivated and focused as presented by our Puppy … [Read more...]