Massage and recovery
The husky is an athlete. And like all athletes, it can suffer from muscle or tendon problems.
That's why, mushers warm up their dogs before effort, then, in the same way, help them to recover after the race.
All means are good to be in a good shape
Massages are also used. To do this, the techniques used in humans have been adapted to dogs by veterinarians, and then taught to the mushers. During a race, it is not uncommon to see a competitor with his dog lying on his lap, trying to massage his limbs and the back!
The aim of the physiotherapy is to restore the normal functioning of a member by using mild treatments:ultrasound, passive movement of a limb, neuromuscular stimulation, hydrotherapy or exercise of rehabilitation.
Very frequently, the medical or surgical treatment of a muscle or a tendon tear is not enough to cure. If medical monitoring is not done correctly, the physical and athletic performance of the dog may be affected.
The benefits of physiotherapy for sled dog are now recognized and this method of care has become essential for these dogs.
Physiotherapy includes the musher in the treatment and becomes partly responsible for the recovery of his dog.
Veterinary at the service of dogs
The sport of sled is the perfect example and the reference of what should be the "cover" vet of a sporting dog.
Always on the alert!
Teams of veterinarians are constituted for each event. They are present 24 hours a day on the site in complete autonomy and take part of the landscape of this sport.
These passionate veterinaries are in charge of minor care but also for serious emergencies when they unfortunately occur. They are also responsible for ensuring compliance with the dogs, do drug testing and verify the identity of the dogs.
Vetoforsled dogs: avocation
Out of competition, the vet is a consultant for breeding or for the preparation of dogs. He can bring progress by its scientific research. This is one of the guarantors of the animal.
For this reason, since the mid-1990s, these vets got together. They formed an international association (ISDVMA International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association) to share their knowledge about the sled dog. The "canine sports medicine" was born. Now, it is taught in several U.S and french veterinarians universities to the National Veterinary School of Alfort.
It is not easy to become a "veto" for sled dogs. In addition to knowledge that veterinarians must have, they also agree to sleep with the dogs in the snow ... and sleeping very little during a race!