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Dog Health During The Iditarod

It's that time of year when the Iditarod Race of 2014 has taken place.  Every year I wonder about the welfare and care that has to be considered for the racing dogs, and I get a bit concerned.  This year I looked into it.  If you're like me, here are some things that will help put your mind at ease:

 *The guidelines of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (I.S.D.V.M.A.) are closely followed and the ISDVMA is regularly checking that they have the latest health information for racing dogs..

*  These dogs have spent the better part of two years racing  before even being considered for the Iditarod.  They are well trained.

* There are strict guidelines that cover reasons a dog must be dropped from the race. All dropped dogs are monitored carefully by veterinarians and not released until recovered.

* In the month leading up to the race, each dog's heart and blood are thoroughly tested to ensure their readiness.  They are also all micro-chipped for safety.

* There is random drug testing performed.

* Two weeks before the race all the dogs get a full physical exam.


  1. Glad to hear all the racing dogs are well treated.
    Lynne x

  2. That is good to hear!

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  3. That looks like a very good attempt to make sure all the dogs are healthy to enter the race and during it. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Monday.

  4. sorry that should be
    Best wishes Molly
    Excuse my stupid staff.

  5. Im glad this is being done

    retro rover

  6. That's good that they have all this in place. xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie


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