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Volunteerism: how does one become a member of the Iditarod veterinary staff?

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM “Volunteers” and “Volunteerism.” These words have received much media attention in the last few months. Our political leaders have been enthusiastically promoting the importance and significance of their roles in society, and the reason is obvious. Funding is not available for every good work that needs to be accomplished, and …

Thermal Concerns: temperature extremes and good dog care on the trail

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM Veterinarians and mushers must be prepared to respond appropriately to temperature extremes as part of good dog care on the trail. Calm and sunny days on a snow-covered (reflective) landscape with moderating temperatures, can create an environment conducive to hyperthermia (overheating). In contrast, very low ambient temperatures combined with wind-chill …

Iditarod Returned Dog Care

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM I have often been asked about dogs that are returned from the race. Long-distance sled dog races, such as the Iditarod, require mushers to finish with only those dogs who started the race. Although none may be added to the team after the start, they can be returned at any …

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 …

Pannus or Uberreiter’s Disease seen in Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky breeds

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM Pannus or Uberreiter’s disease refers to a corneal abnormality most prevalent in German Shepherds, Border Collies, Siberian Huskies and Australian Shepherds. Alaskan Huskies often include these breeds in their lineage, and although infrequent, they are also affected by Pannus. There are several definitions of the disease process, but the condition …

Laryngeal Hemiplegia: a disorder affecting husky breeds

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM The medical topic for this discussion pertains to a condition affecting the respiratory tract, and more specifically, the larynx. The disorder, which may be inherited or acquired, is referred to as laryngeal paralysis or laryngeal hemiplegia. It is considered as a hereditary abnormality in Siberian Huskies and husky mixed breeds, …

Basic outline of Iditarod dog care measures

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM Musher Entry Requirements Completion of qualifying races approved by the Iditarod Trail Committee. Review of performance by Iditarod Race Officials. Veterinarian Selection 5 years minimum clinical practice experience. Previous experience working with racing sled dogs. Ability to work with others as a team. Fluency in English – some foreign veterinarians …

Rabies, a topic of concern for dogs and humans

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM I have chosen to address a topic of concern for dogs and humans in this article. Rabies is a disease we are all familiar with, at least on a superficial level, but I think its important to emphasize some key points about this infection that may not be common knowledge. …

Jeff Deeter on Training for the Cold

Jeff Deeter is used to the daily routine of running sled dogs in the elements. The weather in and around Fairbanks this winter may help this veteran Musher and his team.

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.