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Dog Spinal Disease Often Misdiagnosed

Susan Malinao knew her dog was special from the moment she entered her life. Found with her littermates and mother roaming the streets of California, the now nearly 15-year-old dog found a permanent spot in the home and heart of Malinao. If this sounds like a typical story of stray dog finds happiness with loving mom, it is;  but Powder Marie is anything but ordinary and … [Read more...]

Call the Vet or Believe Dog Health Info Online?

“I will not believe everything I read online, and I will call my dog’s veterinarian if there are any immediate health concerns or issues that arise with my dog’s health.” The above is the one resolution we ask all Fidose of Reality readers, followers, and dog parents to make from this moment going forward. Above all, we are a health and wellness blog. We are also a blog … [Read more...]

Top 15 Dog Lover Moments of 2014

Soaring, wagging, celebrating, overcoming, tossing out the old and embracing the new: These are all elements of our journey over the past nearly 365 days. Through it all, one thing is for certain and our registered trademark says it best: My heart beats dog. If you include yourself in the category of dog lover of the highest order, take a brief walk down memory lane with us for … [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...]

How To Know if It’s Time for Euthanasia

One of the hardest, most gut-wrenching and life altering moments that can happen to a dog parent happens with regard to euthanasia. There is no right answer to this. Never, I repeat: NEVER let anyone coerce, bully, or guilt you into “putting your dog down.” Euthanasia is a personal decision made in the best interests of your beloved dog. How to know if it's time for euthanasia … [Read more...]

Dog Survives Rare Heart Surgery

How far would you go to save your dog's life. What if no veterinarian in the entire country performed an operation your dog needed to save his or her life? Esme the Japanese Chin was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation in April of 2014 and given a few months to live. His dad, M. Dylan Raskin, spent nearly $32,000 thus far to save his dog's life with a rare heart … [Read more...]

Do Dogs Get Headaches?

Can dogs get a headache, and if so, how would we, their human counterparts know they were in pain? According to the National Headache Foundation, there are an estimated 45 million human headache sufferers in the United States. I one of those statistics as an adult sufferer of the occasional migraine despite preventative measures taken to stop them. My head hurts, I can tell … [Read more...]

Does My Dog Really Need Vaccines

My dog had a side effect to routine vaccinations. That side effect was cancer. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my Cocker Spaniel’s right shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her yearly vaccine, it turned out to be cancer. We over vaccinate our dogs (and cats) in this country. Plain and simple: Overvaccination and the horrible side effects of this practice has … [Read more...]

Fidose of Reality is Going to Health

Fidose of Reality is going to health! We asked you, our loyal readers, what topics you are most interested in reading more about in the dog world, and your voices are loud and clear: Dog health and wellness that tells the truth! The words “fido” and “reality” are in our title, Fidose of Reality, so it makes perfect sense to embrace who we truly are: A health and wellness … [Read more...]

Why Does My Dog Need a Muzzle

Why oh why does my dog have to wear a muzzle at the vet’s office? I cringe when the muzzle comes out. If you are a dog parent who has a dog that has faced the dreaded “face trap,” this post is for you. Time for another installment of Medicine Versus Mom. Every few weeks, we’ll be focusing on a topic and presenting it from a veterinary “medicine” perspective with Rachel … [Read more...]