Nutrition

Do sled dogs carb up days before a race, like human marathon runners?

By Dr Veronica C Devall DVM,DACVSMR Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation  Devall Veterinary Consulting LTD Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management   No, sled dogs do not use high carbohydrate diets nor do they “carb up” prior to a long distance race.  The reason for this is that dogs …

Early detection of a twisted stomach is essential to a successful outcome

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM My medical topic for this month is the syndrome known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or GDV. Uncomplicated gastric dilatation (distension) can occur as the result of swallowing air and/or overeating, but there is a great potential for rapid progression into a life-threatening emergency if the stomach twists on its long axis …

Aaron Burmeister on Dog Nutrition

Aaron Burmeister, video from 2015 Iditarod, comments on how nutrition is a big factor in a healthy running sled dog team. With temperatures dipping well into the negative digits in Manley, it’s very important to keep those dogs fueled for their long trip.

ACL type injuries found to be rare in sled dogs

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM Many of you may have experienced knee injuries, including ACL tears. You know what I’m referring to! Ouch! For those of you who may not be aware, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is critical to normal function of the knee joint. This structure, most commonly referred to as the cranial …

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog

PROVIDE A PROTECTED AND CLEAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR DOG. Shelter from the elements and hazards, as well as good hygiene, are basic to a quality life.         ALWAYS KEEP FRESH WATER AVAILABLE. Maintaining optimal hydration is important for health and energy. FEED A QUALITY DIET AND PREVENT OBESITY. Overweight humans and animals can adversely …

Iditarod dogs enjoy top notch wellness care

Iditarod dogs enjoy wellness care uncommon among dogs and even most humans. They are currently undergoing extensive preventative exams that include full blood workups and electrocardiograms to ensure they are Iditarod fit. It is with much irony that detractors have used a disinformation smear campaign stating, “if an Iditarod dog is lucky enough to survive …