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...]

What Should I Do If My Dog Has a Lump

The Great Imposter. That’s what she called it. It’s just a lump and looks like a pimple. I shouldn’t be concerned. But the dog mom and "worrier" in me, along with thinking "but what if it is something” resonated otherwise. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my Cocker Spaniel’s shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her then yearly vaccinations, I felt a … [Read more...]

Just FoR Today: Do I really need to brush my dog’s teeth?

If you can do just one thing just FoR today (FoR as in “Fidose of Reality”) to change your dog’s life, how paw-tastic would that be? We've  been  scouring the world of dog news and sharing with Fidose of Reality readers tips to enhance your dog’s life and things to ensure they aren’t a victim of things like dog food scares, treat recalls, etc.  If you tell yourself, "I can … [Read more...]

Quantitative Lyme Test Being Offered and Rabies Alert Issued in Ohio

Two dog health stories topping today's headlines include Abaxis Labs now offering a quantitative Lyme disease test. This new test can be used as a stand-alone test to determine infection status or if treatment is working. It can also be used as a quantitative confirmation test for the soon-to-be released VetScan Lyme Rapid Test currently under development. Additionally, vets … [Read more...]

Top 10 things dog owners should do this month to keep dogs happy

Many of us have rituals and household maintenance we do this time of year, like changing the batteries in our smoke alarm, getting the windows ready for winter, and having the furnace or heaters serviced and checked. There are 10 key things you can do now and throughout the year, to ensure the canine members of the family are being properly "serviced and maintained." Here is … [Read more...]