Six Football Injuries That Dogs Can Get

With Super Bowl fever in the air, one of the worst things that can happen to a football player who is headed for the big game is to be sidelined due to injury. Football is one of the most popular sports played by athletes of all ages, and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries sustained.Humans are not alone in their propensity to injury, whether competing in a … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog with Irritable Bowel Disease: Final Chapter

These are the final pages of the diary of this dog mom who stood in a state of shock, disbelief, and numbing silence as my Cocker Spaniel of nearly 15 years was ushered out of her body.This is the final blog post in this 5-part series about having a dog with irritable bowel disease (IBD). I look back over pages and pages of notes. I read through the dated entries in a log … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 4 of 5

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) took my dog from me way too soon. In writing this 5-part series about this dreaded disease, which sounds nasty, can be, and has the potential to be fatal, I am learning, trying to understand, but find myself mourning the loss of my dog with all too real surfacing emotions.It is hard to difficult to write about that which:We don’t … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 3 of 5

True health begins with a varied diet of fresh, whole foods; avoiding redundant vaccinations and persistent pesticides; promoting repair with natural therapies that help restore normal function.In researching this blog series on dogs dealing with Irritable Bowel Disease, the above statement from Dr. Bill Kruesi resonates so strongly, I am sharing it here. You can read the … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part Two of Five

Irritable Bowel Disease is manageable, but can be complicated to treat, sometimes leads to secondary gastrointestinal issues, and there are dogs who lose their lives to IBD-related issues. I am a dog mom who lost her one-week-shy of 15 years old Cocker Spaniel to IBD back in 2008.This is part two of a five-part series related to our dog’s journey with IBD in an effort to … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part One of Five

On October 11, 2008, time stopped. My spouse and I stood by as the veterinarian stopped my dog’s heartbeat, thus breaking our hearts in the process.  To the best of my abilities, skills as a journalist, background in the dog world, and with all the professional veterinary contacts I have, as of this writing, in the over six years since my dog died, I have no idea what actually … [Read more...]

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...]

10 Spices That May Harm Dogs

This post may contain affiliate links for which I earn a small income if you click through and purchase something on the links. Please see my disclosure policy for details.Did you know there are spices that may harm dogs? Home cooking for dogs is a very popular option for pet parents.  The more we know about what goes into our dog’s food, the more our dogs reap the benefits … [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...]