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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...]

The Road from Dog ACL Injury to Recovery: Step by Step

Two weeks after having surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and removal of a damaged meniscus, my dog’s stitches were removed today. Indeed, the road from dog ACL injury to recovery has been a long and interesting journey. In a continuing effort to keep Fidose of Reality readers up to date, our road to date has included: March of 2013: ACL partial tear … [Read more...]

A Non-Surgical Approach to My Dog’s ACL Tear: Brace Time

Having a dog with a leg injury is no fun. The limited mobility, wishing they could tell you "where it hurts", and not allowing them to engage in activities that could worsen their pain (running, jumping, etc), are all factors in any sort of limb or muscle boo boo. My dog partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament  (ACL) in his left knee and we are taking the conservative … [Read more...]

Diary of a Dog Undergoing Laser Treatment: Entry One

A partially torn ACL and a strained iliopsoas muscle. My dog has a leg injury and in an attempt to avoid a full tear and surgery, we’re undergoing laser treatment. try on glasses online “Wow, doesn’t that hurt?” and “Does he sit still for it?” are both questions I’ve been asked along this journey. In order to take Fidose of Reality readers behind the scenes and give you an … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Dogs Eyes Healthy

How often have you looked over at your dog and caught the glance of those loving, pleading eyes asking you for “just one more treat?” Or maybe a belly rub? A play session? A walk? Who among us won’t willingly admit to falling prey to the soulful gazes our BFF (best furry friends) cast upon us? Present company included! More than windows to the soul, a canine’s eyes provide … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Keep Dogs Healthy Between Vet Visits

You take your dog to the vet for regular checkups and everything is good, so no need to worry in between visits, right? Quite the contrary. It is the time in between veterinary visits that should include regular home care, maintenance, and dog mom and/or dad due diligence in ensuring Fido's good health. Knowing how to keep dogs healthy year round is key to a long life. There … [Read more...]

Veterinary Expert Reveals Truth About Dog Food Allergies

Dog Food Allergies: What should I feed my dog, what foods might be causing his or her allergy, and how do I know what supplements to feed my dog? These are some of the questions that were asked and masterfully answered by W. Jean Dodds, DVM, in a webinar hosted by the Danish-Swedish Farmdogs USA this past weekend. Dr. Dodds is to me what the Pope is to Catholics. She speaks, … [Read more...]