Yesterday afternoon we took 44 dogs to have their blood drawn and ECGs completed ready for the Iditarod. All dogs that start the race, either the Ceremonial or the Restart, must be approved by Iditarod Head Vet Dr Stu Nelson and his team as fit and healthy enough to start 1000 miles. (Of course, there are vet teams at every checkpoint along the way to assess their fitness and health enough to continue.)
We follow Izzy in this video as she has her blood drawn and the ECG done and listen as Sabrina and Tabitha explain what they are doing.
Thanks to the team of volunteers vet techs who travel to Fairbanks to do the testing for all the interior’s Iditarod teams. They are all so caring and gentle with our team, especially the nervous-nellies that need some extra calming.