Working dogs, like sled dogs, have about as much in common with ordinary dogs as most of us have with a professional athlete.
And because they are so different, Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Michael Davis says they need specialized care.
At a special training seminar in Laurium on Thursday, dog enthusiasts, including mushers in town for this weekend’s CopperDog 150, learned how to care for working dogs.
The seminar focused on gastrointestinal disease, hyperthermia, muscle adaptations to endurance exercise, and immune function in the endurance athlete.
But you don’t need to be racing in a 150 mile sled dog race to benefit from the teachings of Dr. Davis.