This week, over a hundred dogs were brought to Kuujjuarapik by plane and are now resting on the ice. A first round of examinations where accomplished on Saturday and the rest will be completed today. Up to now, the dog teams are in great shape. The dogs must a have a good body score which means they have a little bit of fat reserve and are not too skinny because they will use those reserves during the race. Some minor problems where also encountered such as biting wounds and feet erosion due to past training. One of the dogs lost a toenail during the flight but we are caring for it and he should be ready to run in a few days. He’s shown in the picture.
First round of examination
Veterinarian at Ivakkak 2015
Julie has been a veterinarian for the last 15 years. She has also been coming up north for the last ten years on different assignments ranging from rabies vaccination in dogs to sampling caribou for disease. Besides working on the Ivakkak race for the last five years, she experienced working as a trail veterinarian on the Yukon Quest and races in Labrador as well.