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...]

Dog Healthcare Headlines For Pet Parents

Fidose of Reality strives to bring you current dog healthcare and wellness use you can use. There have been quite a few stories generating interest in the dog world of late, many of them involving keeping dogs healthy, both physically and mentally. How many of these stories have you heard about? Read on, and then go hug your dog...or not...you weigh in: Science Says Dogs … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Dog Health Tips of 2015

Over the past 15 months or so, Rachel Sheppard of My Kid Has Paws and I have co-blogged the "Medicine Versus Mom" series. This series provides the perspective of me, the skilled dog mom and dog writer of over 25 years, and Rachel, the former vet tech and dog mom. From our year's worth of posts, here are the best dog health tips of 2015 to keep, refer to, and apply to the lives … [Read more...]

How to Divorce Yourself from the Veterinarian

There are very few relationships a pet parent ever has with another human being when it comes to their dog's well being outside of a veterinarian. It is therefore, incredibly difficult when one must make the concerted decision to divorce themselves from the vet. When a dog's overall care and/or dedication and attention to that dog comes into question, it might be time to find a … [Read more...]

8 Secrets Before Buying Dog Food from the Veterinarian

Can you really trust a veterinarian when it comes to providing your dog with food? The dilemma crossed my path many years ago when a friend’s dog was diagnosed with irritable bowel disease. The dog, an active and energetic then 6-year-old mixed breed had a history of vomiting and diarrhea, particularly within hours of eating. Only after trial and error, changing foods, and … [Read more...]