A number of papers have looked at the job of search and rescue dogs, their impact and the hazards they encounter during and after their time in the field. Very little literature exists looking at physiological changes associated with field work of search and rescue dogs. The aim of this study was to assess the physiological and antioxidant status before and after a 4-hour simulated search and rescue activity, with handlers, under warm-weather conditions performing activities compared to a control group of similarly trained dogs at rest. The presentation frames the discussion around literature that exists looking at physiological changes of other working dogs.
Presentation by: Joe Spoo, DVM, CCRT
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Dr. Joe Spoo is a 2001 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently a resident in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and practices full-time with a focus on the canine athlete. He recently remodeled his practice at Best Care Pet Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and added a canine rehabilitation facility — the only one in a tri-state region. Dr. Spoo has a passion for the canine athlete. In addition to his practice responsibilities he has an active consulting business serving sporting dog owners and the sporting dog industry with a focus in the pet food industry. He also manages a website (www.gundogdoc.com), a comprehensive resource for all things gundog related. Dr. Spoo is active in the sporting dog world and hunts and competes with the three canine athletes in his life
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