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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...]

My dog is fat: Now what? Part One of Two

"Your dog should lose some weight." Dreaded words, dastardly in fact, that dog owners dread being dictated at the doctor's (aka vet). Though humans can make healthy food choices and monitor their indulgences, dogs depend on what their guardians allow them to have. Indeed, with any medical condition ruled out, the number of overweight dogs in this country is astounding. What … [Read more...]

Pet health insurance: What dog owners need to know (and ask)

Does my dog need pet health insurance? Is it worth it? These are questions I am asked frequently; enough to to merit a blog post addressing the topic of pet health insurance and what consumers should ask and look into before making the leap. For me is it worth it? You bet. I'm one of those do whatever is necessary to take care of my dog people. With that, I view pet health … [Read more...]

Where to go when you stay: Peeing pet-iquette 101

Love traveling with your dog? Taking Bowser on a bountiful road trip? Weekend warriors cruising down Route 66, Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise? Well, you get the reference points. When Fido's gotta go, Fido simply must go. As a traveler whose idea of a sidekick requires potty breaks, there's a bit of petiquette to pee when traveling life's highways and biways. Here, then, … [Read more...]