Windback Wednesday - Helping the US Armed Forces

At it is Veterans' Day / Remembrance Day in much of the world today, our Windback Wednesday takes us back to a few posts during the summer of 2012 by Kennel Mom Mickey. She tells us how SP Kennel was involved with a research project with Dr Mike Davis that directly helped the US Armed forces bomb-sniffing dogs!

Click on the red links below to take you to the stories including some great videos!

Helping the US Armed Forces

Vet Tech Christa, Ryne and Spoog begin research project in the new dog barn in 2012

Summer Research Means Summer Fun

Electrolyte Research Continues

Here are some excerpts:

SP Kennel's close association with Dr. Mike Davis, celebrated physiologist from Oklahoma State University, has created an unusual opportunity this summer.

Those of you who read the blog regularly will remember that Dr. Davis has worked for years with Iditarod veterinarians to increase overall health in long distance racing dogs. He has also studied insulin absorption and fitness levels in these dogs in hopes of equating the results to the treatment of human diabetes.

Dr. Davis is now working with the US Armed Forces to assess and improve the physical endurance of bomb-sniffing dogs, used primarily in current Middle East conflicts. And he has enlisted the help of SP Kennel to test the effects of varying electrolyte levels and different exercise regimes on overall canine endurance. We are honored to be part of this research.

Click on the link here to take you to a Youtube video of a TEDx talk Dr Mike did about the wider project.