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  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 4 of 5

    from Fidose of Reality

    Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 10:16 PM


    This little girl is forever missed and loved.

    Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) took my dog from me way too soon. In writing this 5-part series about this dreaded disease, which sounds nasty, can be, and has the potential to be fatal, I am learning, trying to understand, but find myself mourning the loss of my dog with all too real surfacing emotions.

    It is hard to difficult to write about that which:

    We dont understand how or why something happened; The topic is loss of a loved one;

    Although my...

  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 3 of 5

    from Fidose of Reality

    Tuesday January 20th, 2015 at 10:09 PM


    photo courtesy Deposit Photos license.

    True health begins with a varied diet of fresh, whole foods; avoiding redundant vaccinations and persistent pesticides; promoting repair with natural therapies that help restore normal function.

    In researching this blog series on dogs dealing with Irritable Bowel Disease, the above statement from Dr. Bill Kruesi resonates so strongly, I am sharing it here. You can read the entire case study of a 4-1/2 year old spayed female German Shepherd who had never...

  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part Two of Five

    from Fidose of Reality

    Monday January 19th, 2015 at 10:03 PM


    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 dogs journey with IBD in an effort to help other dog parents dealing with this while understanding what exactly happened to our forever loved and eternally missed...

  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part One of Five

    from Fidose of Reality

    Sunday January 18th, 2015 at 09:01 PM


    On October 11, 2008, time stopped. My spouse and I stood byas the veterinarian stopped my dogs 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 caused her rapid decline. The cause of her death remains euthanasia. This much I know is true.

    It is my intent that this...

  • Stop Putting Clothes On Dogs

    from Fidose of Reality

    Tuesday January 13th, 2015 at 06:47 PM


    I am the woman whose dog has been fitted for custom couture, fancy clothing, and whose dog wears one-of-a-kind creations to events while I wear off the rack.

    My dog walks the runway.

    I rent it.

    It is on this 14th day of January, that someone, somewhere had the notion to dub these 24 hours, National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

    Some dogs should not partake in this national unobserved-by-most-employers-but-a-day-of-rejoice for those who believe that Bark is the New Black.

    And then some dogs should...

  • How to Find a Good Veterinarian

    from Fidose of Reality

    Monday January 12th, 2015 at 09:16 PM


    My dogs eye is bleeding, how could this have happened?

    It was the mid 90s 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 cant handle it, then?

    I took my dog away from that busy waiting room, promising both the dog and myself that no one would ever again:

    Make me feel so helpless; Put my dog in a similar situation;

    The above happened to...

  • Getting to Know Fidose Pet Blogger Challenge

    from Fidose of Reality

    Sunday January 11th, 2015 at 03:47 PM


    Every year, our friends at the Go Pet Friendly blog host a getting to know you series called the Pet Blogger Challenge where the writers of pet blogs come together and share a bit about themselves. Fidose of Reality is jumping in this year so that you, our loyal readers since 2011, can get to know what goes on behind the green curtain, along with some fun facts and dog news to get excited about as we wag into 2015.

    QUESTION: How long have you been blogging? And,for anyone stopping by for the...

  • 10 Touches To Save a Dog’s Life

    from Fidose of Reality

    Thursday January 8th, 2015 at 11:06 PM


    Dogs make our lives better: They are ready at a moments notice to be mood enhancers, help people recover better after a heart attack, and just sitting and petting a dog can make both parties involved feel better. Touching a dog, in fact, can save a life.

    When a tiny raised lump appeared on my first Cocker Spaniels shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her then yearly vaccinations, I felt a twinge of something isnt right course through my veins. My gut instinct was right: Getting it...

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