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Nutrition for working and service dogs

By J. Wakshlag, J. Shmalberg

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Abstract

Conformation, genetics, and behavioral drive are the major determinants of success in canine athletes, although controllable variables, such as training and nutrition, play an important role. The scope and breadth of canine athletic events has expanded dramatically in the past 30 years, but with limited research on performance nutrition. There are considerable data examining nutritional physiology in endurance dogs and in sprinting dogs; however, nutritional studies for agility, field trial, and detection are rare. This article highlights basic nutritional physiology and interventions for exercise, and reviews newer investigations regarding aging working and service dogs, and canine detection activities.

Publication Title Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice
Volume 44
Issue 4
Pages 719-740
ISBN/ISSN 0195-5616
DOI 10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.03.008
Language English
Author Address Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, VMC 1-120 Box 34, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.dr.joesh@gmail.com
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  1. Aging
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Animal roles
  5. Animals
  6. Canidae
  7. Canine
  8. Carnivores
  9. Conformation
  10. Dogs
  11. Exercise
  12. Feeding
  13. Genetics
  14. Mammals
  15. Nutrition
  16. performance traits
  17. racing
  18. Reviews
  19. Service animals
  20. Sports
  21. training of animals
  22. vertebrates
  23. Working animals