Before running the Iditarod, every dog must undergo thorough veterinarian checks, blood testing and have an electrocardiograph (ECG) to ensure they are fit and healthy to run 1,000 miles.
These are compulsory checks for all dogs that compete and the results of these tests are scrutinised by Iditarod vets; any dog that doesn't meet strict requirements will not run the race. If you are interested in more information about this please check out the Iditarod website rules section.
On Wednesday we took 43 "possibles" to town for their blood draw and ECGs. Thanks to volunteer vet techs Sara, Sophie, Jenna and Jan for the care they took with our friends!
L-R: Nelson gets some reassurance from Sara as Sophie takes a blood sample; Ranger has his ECG from Jenna and Jan while Meghan gives him some love.
A thorough veterinarian check will take place for all of these dogs next week!