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K9 injury management classes offered at Snow Mountain Ranch

Leaders of the Snow Mountain Ranch Dog Sledding Team will be hosting “Assessing and Managing Injuries in Sled Dogs: K9 Injury Management Class” from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Anyone with an active dog is encouraged to participate. The course will be taught by veterinarian Wendy Herlihy, who has competed in mid-distance dog sled races, including the AttaBoy 300, Pedigree Stage Stop, UP200, mid-distance Beargrease and the Yellowknife Dog Derby among others.

The course will cover paw care, diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and soft tissue injuries, nutrition, on-trail first aid, and more. It will be taught as a combination of lecture time and hands-on practice. Dogs used for this specific training will be provided for participants and the instructors appreciate personal dogs not be present for training purposes.

“Living in such an active environment here in Colorado, especially with summer just around the corner, it’s important that every pet owner know what actions to take in the event of an emergency, especially while hiking in the backcountry or on the lake or even in the backyard,” stated Steve Peterson, veteran musher and dog team owner at Snow Mountain Ranch. Peterson also said the course will answer questions like what to do if your dog suddenly came up with a serious limp on a trail and how to treat your canine friend while minimizing injury in remote locations.

“This course will be useful for any dog owner who puts a lot of miles on their dog in the backcountry,” stated Martha Sortland, a musher at Snow Mountain Ranch.

The course will be held in The Doak Room at Snow Mountain Ranch and there is a $30 fee per person. You can register by sending an email to Martha Sortland, msortland@ymcarockies.org. There are a limited number of registration spots available, so please register soon.

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