Dog Massage: Trend or Treatment

Ah yes, that’s the spot, a little lower. If dogs could talk, no doubt they’d be interested in a dog massage. What some may guffaw at is actually a very real, doable, and human-animal enhancing experience to bond with your dog and spot potential health problems. “Will you be using the in-room masseuse during your stay, Mrs. Bryant?” The concierge asks that of my dog when … [Read more...]

How Dogs Can Celebrate Thanksgiving

How dogs can celebrate Thanksgiving is all up to you, the loving pet parent. Thanksgiving and dogs are not always the best combination. If you are a fan of this blog, you probably know yours truly is not a good cook. My dog doesn’t really judge me for my lack of culinary skills, but I am also aware that any change in diet can upset a dog’s tummy or worse. Of course, we all … [Read more...]

Could Your Dog’s Hormones Be Out of Whack?

Hormones are involved in so many different canine ailments and diagnoses that it's time to answer this question: Could your dog's hormones be out of whack? Well, maybe. At the very least, monitoring a dog's hormones is a good idea to keep him or her happy, healthy, and in balance. See how many of these different disorders and medical issues you related to a dog's … [Read more...]

The Bewitching Powers and Dangers of Pumpkin for Dogs

Behold the pumpkin: It's a seasonal treat and a year-round staple for many folks, but there are both powers and dangers of pumpkin for dogs. Here, we dispel some myths, go inside the great pumpkin, and share a Fi-dose of Reality when it comes to dogs and pumpkin consumption. Pumpkin: Canned or Real Deal? Do not give your dog sugary, spicy pie filling. Pumpkin that is … [Read more...]

Dog Limping Reasons No One Talks About

One of the most common reasons pet parents take their dog to the veterinarian is to answer the question, “Why is my dog limping?” The fine folks at petMD list some common causes for dog limping, but what about the off-the-beaten bath dog limping reasons no one talks about? Like people, dogs can tear, break, strain, or damage any number of structures of the body and a limp … [Read more...]

Beauty Routines To Share With Your Dog

I admit it: My beauty routines include clipping coupons to save money on shampoo I buy at Target, manicuring my own nails at home, and visiting the Ulta store when I accumulate points to go on a shopping spree. For my dog, however, the sky’s the limit. Why is that? The why is L-O-V-E and the fact that my heart beats dog® means there is no coming back: I’m hooked on dogs! … [Read more...]

Should I Give My Dog Probiotics?

How do I know if I should give my dog probiotics? This is a question we receive a few times a month at Fidose of Reality. There is a time and a place for probiotic usage in dogs, but in true reality-based style, we’ll give you the facts, what to look for in a probiotic, and what some veterinarians in the know have to say on the topic. What is a Probiotic? A probiotic is … [Read more...]

How to Manage a Dog After ACL Surgery

Within a period of one year, my dog had two surgeries: Both surgeries due to complete tears of the ACL, a major ligament of the rear leg. Our ACL injury journey is well documented on this blog, but this is our first “what’s life like” a year or more out from the ACL surgery blog post. If your dog has ever injured his or her anterior cruciate ligament or has experienced a … [Read more...]

Dog Alternatives to the Cone of Shame

At some point or another in the life of most dogs, a minor to major surgical procedure will take place. The cone of shame is a go-to apparatus for most veterinarians; after all, it’s what they were taught in veterinary school to put on a dog to prevent licking, infection, or otherwise scratching at a wound that needs to heal. Dog alternatives to the cone of shame do … [Read more...]

Find a Veterinarian $50 Summer Giveaway

Fidose of Reality is committed to educating dog moms and dog dads about what they should expect at the veterinarian. After all, your dog’s veterinarian is one of the few people that your dog should bond closely with outside of you, his or her parent. Keep reading, as we have tips and a summer giveaway for a credit towards your next veterinarian visit. While at the pet … [Read more...]