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Xylitol is a sugar substitute that can be found in sugar-free candy, chewing gum and other products. While in humans xylitol has no effects on the level of blood sugar, in dogs it is a strong promoter of insulin and it can cause severe hypoglycemia with ataxia, collapse and seizures. Xylitol can also cause hepatic necrosis and death. One or two pieces of gum are enough to cause hypoglycemia in a 22 lbs dogs.




The toxic agent in anti-freeze is ethylene glycol, and it is found in most commercial antifreeze preparations. Because of its sweet taste, antifreeze toxicity is a common problem in pets. As much as a teaspoon in a small cat, or a tablespoon in a small dog can prove to be lethal. Clinical signs can occur as early as 30 minutes after ingestion and consist of ataxia and vocalization, progressing to increased breathing and heart rate, and ending in acute renal failure and death.

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.

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