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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...]

Is Cumin Safe For Dogs Plus Spices That Can Be Harmful

Home cooking and adding supplements to a dog's diet are popular options for modern dog parents, but too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. For example, is cumin safe for dogs? Not all spices are created equal and some spices can be harmful to dogs.  Most pet parents know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but what about the common seasonings and spices found in most … [Read more...]

How to Say No To the Veterinarian

One of the most stressful things a dog parent can say to a veterinarian is no.  The vet is a trusted source who holds your dog’s life in the palm in their hands: At least that’s how I view our dog’s veterinarian. No matter how much your dog’s veterinarian rocks, how much you love them, or how you completely do not want to say “no,” there may come a time that it has to … [Read more...]

Clean Dog Teeth TropiClean Giveaway #SmoochUrPooch

Long time Fidose of Reality readers know we are head over heels about proper dental care for dogs. Healthy dog teeth means a healthy heart and a healthy heart is what all dog moms and dads want. I'm the dog mom who gives treats and toys but also products of good health to family, friends, and of course, in my dog's stocking, for the holidays. Say cheese, smile, and you may … [Read more...]

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...]