Dog Dies After Eating Treat With Common Additive, Grieving Mom Warns Pet-Parents

When Kate Chacksfield swapped the sugar in her brownie recipe for a low-calorie artificial substitute, she had no idea that this health conscious move would prove to be lethal for her beloved Hungarian Vizsla, Ruby.

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Ruby was a snacking queen, and she would often sneak in a few brownies from the kitchen. But even the toxic chocolate never did her any harm. But that unfortunate day, just two Xylitol laced brownies were enough to make her violently sick within 36 hours.

By the time Kate rushed Ruby to the vet’s, her liver had already given away. Within the next 8 days, Kate spent thousands of dollars to save Ruby, but her organs were damaged beyond repair, and she passed away.

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Kate was inconsolable after Ruby’s death. Ruby was a loving, playful girl, and it seemed so unfair to lose her like this. Kate eventually decided to channel her pain towards spreading awareness about artificial sweeteners.

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Xylitol is an alcohol-based sugar, often used in artificial sweeteners, to keep the calorie count low. But for dogs, even a small amount of it is poison. Xylitol is found in candies, jams and jellies, chewing gum and even peanut butter, among other foods.

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You can always check the ingredients list for Xylitol, or keep such products out of your dog’s reach. As vigilant pet-parents, looking out for our furry babies is the least we can do to protect them from dangers that they don’t know of.

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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet
Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.

While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.

These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.

1) Akita

When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.

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2) Boxer

This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.

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3) Skye Terrier

Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.

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4) Beagle

This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.

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5) Shar-Pei

This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.

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