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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.

January: The Shih Tzu

shih tzu freeShih Tzu Dog by Karen Arnold History of the Breed

The name "Shih Tzu" comes from the Chinese word for "lion dog" because this dog was bred to resemble lions that were depicted in ancient Chinese art

DNA analysis proves that the Shih Tzu is in that group of "ancient breeds" that arose in China around the time of 800BC.  Other ancient breeds include the Pug, Pekingese and Lhasa Apso. 

In fact, the Shih Tzu is sometimes confused with the Lhasa Apso in appearance.  But be aware that the temperament of these to dogs is very different.  Shih Tzu were bred to be companions and Lhasa Apso were bred to be guard dogs.  Thus, the Shih Tzu tends to be friendy and playful, the Lhasa Apso tends to be more aloof and wary of strangers.

Shih Tzu come in a variety of colors and color pattern.  They can be recognized by their short snout and legs, dropped ears and large dark eyes.  They have hair instead of fur, which means that their hair is silky and grows continuously.  This means that they do not shed very much, but they also need regular grooming and trimming.  Most Shih Tzu owners will have their dogs groomed every 4-8 weeks.

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