2003 Volume 56 Issue 9 Pages 595-599
Various investigations for prescribing exercise regimens for sled dogs in Japan suggested the animals should be divided into groups according to things like age: older or younger than five. It was also suggested that factors like lactate threshold and acid-base balance are useful for setting individual-dog per-session exercise loads and that a second session might prevent over-exercising. PRESCRIPTION DIET® a/d (a/d) high-fat, high-protein supplements were added to ordinary feed in some cases.In the supplement group compared with animals not fed the supplement, no significant Post-exercise rise in AST was obcerved, and HCO3 and PCO2 recovery was fast. Some anxiety was felt, however, about giving excessive electrolytes because of a rise in plasma osmotic pressure associated with a rise in sodium and chloride after a/d supply unrelated to exercise load. In addition, the need for an ample supply of water was indicated.