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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...]

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...]