Help for Dogs Fighting IMT Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia

This is the blog post I dread writing. I always knew that Cocker Spaniels, more so than most other breeds, are extra prone to IMT, immune mediated thrombocytopenia. This blog post will serve as a journal of my dog's battle to fight IMT, what we are experiencing, his journey, and hopefully this diary-style blog post will help answer questions about this disease and how it may … [Read more...]

How to Clip Dog Nails at Home

For over the last quarter of a century, dog nails was a task handled by my dog's groomer. I always wanted to learn how to clip dog nails at home, but there's that fear that the dog would squirm, I'd cut the nail and the quick would bleed, hence a veterinary emergency room visit. If you really have your heart set on learning to clip dog nails at home and are willing to put in … [Read more...]

Natural Solutions for Dog Allergies

Allergy season is upon us! You might be taking your daily Claritin, but we can’t forget about our furry friends this time of year. There are natural solutions for dog allergies, and perhaps some of these ideas will help your dog get relief. My poor Shih-Tzu, Benji, got the short end of the stick when it comes to allergies for dogs. Not only does he have allergies to certain … [Read more...]

Dog Thyroid Problem or Dog Obesity

Behavioral issues, lethargy, and weight gain are all signs of a dog thyroid problem. Often times, dog parents will attribute canine weight gain to feeding too many treats, too much dog food, and/or not enough exercise. As dog mom who has shared life with a hypothyroid dog, I know all too well about the signs, symptoms, and often misdiagnosis of obesity when, in fact, the … [Read more...]

Dirty Dog Clean Dog Photo Contest

Splish splash I was taking a bath...well, the dog is! Welcome to the Dirty Dog Clean Dog Photo Contest sponsored by Only Natural Pet!  Fact: Not all dog shampoos are created equal and moreover, many of them could actually do serious damage to a dog’s skin and internal organs. Well, as long-time fans of the products from Only Natural Pet, we can't just keep this amazingly safe … [Read more...]

Club Cocker Wigglebutts Worldwide Launches

Calling all Cocker Spaniel lovers: Club Cocker: Wigglebutts Worldwide officially launches today! This group is found on Facebook and is a home for Cocker Spaniel lovers to learn and share about health, wellness, and lifestyle of Cocker Spaniels. Most online Cocker-related groups focus don’t focus on the health, wellness, and lifestyle of Cocker Spaniels. Club Cocker: … [Read more...]

How to Get Over the Death of a Dog

If you arrived at this post, your dog has either died or at some point, like all living beings, he or she will pass away. You want to know how to get over the death of a dog and the fact of the matter is this: You don’t. Your identity as a loving dog parent evolves from the physical presence of a dog in your life to the eventual understanding, albeit it kicking and screaming, … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Dog Shampoos

Dog shampoo can actually harm your dog, make him or her sick, or worse. There are serious dangers of dog shampoos, so Fidose of Reality investigates. As diligent dog parents, we pay attention and read ingredients on the food and treats our dogs consume, but how often do we read (and understand) the ingredients in dog shampoo? Some dog shampoos can be downright hazardous, … [Read more...]

How Can I Train My Dog to Like Car Rides? #GrabTheLeash

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Therabis™. The opinions and text are all mine. My dog hates car rides and he shakes, pants, whines, and is so upset. How can I train my dog to like car rides? I've been traveling with a dog for over 25 years, from sea to shining sea. Fortunately, my dogs have been fans of a car ride; other dog parents are … [Read more...]

The Reality of Cold Laser Treatment for Dogs

Snap. Crackle. Pop. The sounds of a cereal but also the sounds my dog’s leg made in early 2013 when he partially tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), sometimes called CCL. After a fun play session at the park in early March, my dog, Dexter, developed a lameness and bit of a hobble gait at night and after rising from a resting position. Despite rest and not allowing him to … [Read more...]