As Allen is a veteran racer in the Yukon Quest, he is able to have vet checks completed at the kennel with a Yukon Quest approved veterinarian. Dr Tamara Rose, who is also a kennel sponsor, came to the kennel on Tuesday evening to check out 17 possible Quest 1000 dogs.
The thorough vet check includes weight, temperature, heart and respiration rates as well as musculoskeletal checks, body condition (using the regular body condition scale your own vet uses) and oral, eye and ear checks etc. All 17 passed the check and are fit and healthy to be chosen for the team.
Dr T Rose checks Chica while Olivia and Willie wait their turn. Felix is in the weigh pen.
The Quest 300 vet checks will be done on the Friday before the race in Whitehorse by the Quest vet team and other volunteer helpers.
Further information about vet checks can be found on the Yukon Quest website in the rules document.