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How Do Dog Show Dogs Stay So Healthy

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is full of secrets: So Fidose of Reality visited the 140th edition of this second longest continuously held sporting event in this country, just one year behind the Kentucky Derby. Many of the folks who breed, own, handle, and groom the dogs have things to offer that many reporters skip over. I wondered how dog show dogs stay healthy. I … [Read more...]

Do Overweight Dogs Have Overweight Owners

I lost 40 pounds by gaining 25. During my fast paced life of working part time, attending college as an adult full time, and being a then closeted wife with an active Cocker Spaniel, my eating habits were less than stellar. I did not overeat, but when I did eat, I chose fast food and less than healthy selections. Enter my Cocker Spaniel and she literally got me out of the … [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...]

Six Questions Your Dog’s Vet Should Be Asking

I’ve always been good at asking questions. It’s part of the reason I became a writer and work in PR and social media. I like to ask the questions for which I may not have the answers. Veterinarians need to be asking certain questions, too. Imagine my elation when my dog’s veterinarian, upon first meeting, had questions for me. A sigh of relief washed over me, and I am certain … [Read more...]

How to Help a Fat Dog

According to a study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all U.S. dogs and cats are obese. It’s an epidemic. So when my darling  (and devouring) Dexter dined a little too heavily, the vet issued me a stern reprimand. Gulp! A fat dog? Me? I love dogs, I write about dogs, and my dog is a portly pooch? Well, not really portly, but he had gained two … [Read more...]

One Resource You Need To Fight Against Dog Obesity

Does your dog need to lose weight but you don't know where exactly to start or what the "healthy" way to do it means? You aren't alone. There is an dog obesity and overweight dog epidemic in this country. Maybe you'd like to lose a few pounds or just get in shape, too. I know I could use a bit more exercise and to drop at least 5 pounds. After a year of healthy eating, long … [Read more...]

The Overweight Dog Epidemic

Do you have an overweight dog? This is a very sensitive topic for many dog moms and dads, and I can relate. Despite all of my intentions and wanting to do right by my dog, he still managed to gain a few unnecessary pounds. I was over-treating and overfeeding my dog without even realizing it. I've taken to measuring Dexter's food and setting treats aside for the day so I don't … [Read more...]

Why Your Dog Is At Risk for Salmonella Poisoning

Salmonella poisoning are two words every dog parent dreads hearing. With headline after headline beckoning one dog food recall after another, is it any wonder dog moms and dads are perplexed? Many treats and dog food items have been recalled due to risk of Salmonella. It all starts to become a system overload, especially to someone like myself, who is heavily immersed in the … [Read more...]

My Dog Helped Me Lose 40 Pounds by Gaining 25

I lost 40 pounds by gaining 25.  I got a dog  (all 25 pounds of her) and started walking and exercising with her. Within a few months, the weight came off and I felt a lot better. So my dog helped me lose 40 by gaining 25. It was the early 90s and working full time while going to college at night became my excuse/reason for gaining weight. The late night runs for fast food and … [Read more...]