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The 10 Best Dog Health Tips of 2015

Best dog health tips of 2016

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 of both you and your dogs. Have a very joyful New Year’s Eve, and watch for amazing goodness and dog news and health information all year long on Fidose of Reality in 2016 and beyond!

(12) Who Really Watches Your Dog Overnight at the Veterinarian?

This remains one of our most popular blog posts. There are myths to what really takes place when you let your pet at the veterinarian for overnight care. Many veterinary practices do not have the staff nor budget to have someone present around the clock. Yes, you read that right the first time, but just in case, many veterinary practices do not have the staff nor budget to have someone present around the clock. Read the entire “Who Really Watches Your Dog Overnight at the Veterinarian.

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(11) Ten Tips for Dogs Who Hate Teeth Brushing

Got an uncooperative dog or have a dog who has never had their teeth brushed? Always have a veterinarian check your dog’s teeth at least once a year and prior to starting any home-based dental regimen. If your dog has broken teeth, periodontal disease, gum problems, or anything else going on within the mouth, you don’t want to go poking around with a toothbrush or dentifrice: Dogs in pain can and will snap or bite. Read the entire “Ten Tips for Dogs Who Hate Teeth Brushing.”

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(10) 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 happen. Read the entire “How to Say No to the Veterinarian.”

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(9) Does My Dog Really Need Vaccines

Talk about a hot topic. As a dog mom whose dog had a side effect from vaccines (cancerous growth), a goal needs to be for pet parents to work with their vets to understand informed consent is essential. Pet parents should talk to your dog’s vet about potential adverse reactions. You absolutely do NOT  need to re-vaccinate (give “boosters”) automatically.  All that might be needed is a titer. Read the entire “Does My Dog Really Need Vaccines.”

Does a dog need vaccines

(8) When Dogs Undergo Surgery

Ever wonder what happens when you drop your dog off for surgery at the veterinarian? What exactly happens when dogs undergo surgery?  Is my dog okay? Does he miss me? Is he being monitored?  These are the things that run through my mind when I’m trying to fall asleep. Taking your dog to the veterinarian and leaving without him or her is one of the lowest, emptiest feelings a dog parent experiences. Read the entire “When Dogs Undergo Surgery.”


(7) Call the Vet or Believe Info Online?

Dogs cannot talk, so it’s up to their owners/parents to be the voice of wellness. Even if the website or blog is credible and sources are revealed in conjunction with statements about health and well-being, this is not a substitute for seeing a veterinarian who knows your dog, has his records, and can determine what tests, if any are necessary. Read the entire “Call the Vet or Believe Info Online” post.

At the vet’s office waiting for testing to begin.

(6) 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. Click to read “How to Know if It’s Time for Euthanasia.

medicine versus mom

(5) My Dog Hates the Veterinarian

Dogs can and are affected by nervousness at the veterinary office. If your dog is a nervous Nelly at the vet or really despises him or her, please read “My Dog Hates the Veterinarian.”

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(4) Do Overweight Dogs Have Overweight Owners?

We are a nation of obesity, plain and simple. According to a study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all U.S. dogs and cats are obese. There are, however, millions of overweight people with pets who have not developed their parents’ eating habits. Read this insightful article, “Do Overweight Dogs Have Overweight Owners?”

help for fat dog

(3) The Truth About Dog Genetic Testing

DNA testing for breed identification extends into the healthcare spectrum. There is a strong correlation between certain ailments and disease with particular breeds. Read “The Truth About Dog Genetic Testing.

dog genetic testing

(2) Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It? 

Pet insurance can literally save a dog’s life. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly pet insurance is, why you might need it, and if it really works, allow the past 20 years of my life to guide you into this decision. If you ever wondered if pet health insurance is truly worth it, read “Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?

dog health insurance questions

(1) Dangers of Buying Online Medications

The lure of lower prices online does not necessarily equate with safety. From selling counterfeit pet medications to dispensing expired and unapproved drugs, the buyer must beware to ensure the well being of pets. Here’s what to know before you go….online to purchase medications for your pets: Read “Dangers of Buying Online Medications.

dangers of online pet medications #doghealth

QUESTION: What other advances in canine health have you seen happen this year? Ready for 2016? I want to thank Rachel Sheppard of My Kid Has Paws for her expertise and co-blogging series. Here’s to a healthy 2016 for all!


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  1. I really love your tips for Dogs who hate having their teeth brushed. Dental Health month is right around the corner and dental health is so important even if it’s not your dog’s favorite activity.

  2. These are all such important topics for pet parents! My husband and I are the best advocates for our children, furry or not and being informed about our pet’s health and having open communication with his other caretakers (i.e. vet, groomer, etc) is essential.

  3. That’s an awesome bunch of material for an instant e-book!! You’ve tackled some tough topics too, which I’m sure is greatly appreciated. That last one takes me back. My gram had to do that for her lab she had 17 years. Back then you brought them home to pass after the shot (I don’t think they still do that?). Hard hard times.We loved our Midnight.

  4. If your dog has broken teeth, periodontal disease, gum problems, or anything else going on within the mouth, you don’t want to go poking around with a toothbrush or dentifrice: Dogs in pain can and will snap or bite.

  5. I appreciate your tip on not simply taking the advice of the internet but instead asking a vet about pet care. I would imagine that it would be much better to believe a licenced veterinarian than the internet. Our dog has been acting weird recently so maybe we should go to an animal hospital and get our puppy a check up.

  6. I just got a puppy and I am a little confused at what I need to do to keep him healthy. So, I liked that you talked about how you should call a veterinarian and ask them for advice. That does seem like a good thing to be aware of for me as a new puppy owner. That way, I can give my puppy the proper care.

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