One piece of chewing gum sweetened with xylitol could poison a dog

gumballs freeDid you know that even one or two pieces of chewing gum sweetened with xylitol could poison a dog?

Xylitol (pronounced zahy-li-tawl) is a sweetener that's used in gum, mints, baked goods and many other foods. In people, xylitol is digested into a sugar alcohol that doesn't affect insulin or blood glucose levels. Because of that, it has become very popular as a sugar substitute in all kinds of processed foods. Unfortunately, it isn't well known that this ingredient is very dangerous if ingested by a dog. 

October: The Pug

pug freeHistory of the Breed
 
The pug is one of the oldest known breeds of dogs with its anecestory dating back to Asia 400-700BC!  Aside from the Buddhist Monks in Tibet, only Chinese royalty were allowed to own pugs.  The punishment for having one of these dogs if you weren't amongst the elite, was death. 
 
The pug was brought to Europe in the 16th-17th century and quickly became a favorite of European royalty.  There are many stories of intrigue scattered through European history that involve the pug. For example, William the Silent, of the House of Orange, was alerted to the presence of would-be assasins by his loyal pug.
And, when Napoleon's wife, Josephine was thrown in jail, the only visitor she was allowed was her pug, Fortune.  She sent secret messages to Napleon by hiding them in Fortune's collar.
 
The modern pug is a delightful little dog.  The latin phrase "multum in parvo", which means "much in little", perfectly sums up the temperment of the pug.  You get a lot of personality in a small, compact body.
 
Health Concerns
 
 
Preventative Care Recommendations
 
Keep your pug lean!  Pugs are prone to obesity, and the added weight increases stress on their already compromised respiratory tracts.
 
Regular Dental Cleanings: pugs are notorious for developing periodontal disease, a condition in which infection occurs around teeth, often weakening and losening the teeth. Pugs have a lot of teeth squished into a small area.  Their teeth are rotated and it is very common for there to be infection and disease under the gum line that you can't see on an awake exam.
 
Monitor your pug's eyes: Because pugs have prominent eyes, their eyes are more prone to injury and drying out.   Monitor for signs of squinting, discharge, or redness, and visit your veterinarian if they occur.

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