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Toy-breed dogs are not only at risk for hypoglycemia, they can die from the low blood sugar disorder if they do not receive prompt treatment. 

When a dog’s blood sugar, or glucose, level drops, it can affect neurological function. Disorientation, tremors and coma may occur. Normally, hormones stimulate the breakdown of stored glycogen to supply the brain and other tissues with fuel. In toy breeds, this process may not happen fast enough, and hypoglycemia results. 

Debby Handler knew something was wrong when "Will," her 10-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, began breathing heavily and his bark became hoarse. "He was not gasping for breath, but it was obvious his airway was starting to close down a bit," says Handler of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Imagine what it would be like if your Golden Retriever could not open his mouth to eat and drink. That is often what happens with an autoimmune disorder called masticatory muscle myositis (MMM) that affects the jaw muscles, causing pain and dysfunction.

Projecting power and grace, “Allegra,” a 3-year-old white-and-lemon Pointer bitch, recently captured her third Best in Show of 2015 at the Beaver County Kennel Club (Canfield, Ohio) Dog Show. Multi-BIS/Multi-BISS GCH Hipoint Here Comes the Sun, the No. 1 Pointer in the country, also took Best of Breed at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Allegra is fueled by Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula.

With fixed, steely stares, Border Collies athletically maneuvered ducks and sheep to earn points toward titles at the Border Collie Society of America (BCSA) National Specialty Herding Trial held at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri. The early September sun crept over the horizon as the cool morning gave way to a hot, humid afternoon, which didn't seem to hinder the energetic and disciplined breed that controlled the livestock with endless moxie.