01074-A: The Role of Enteropathogenic Bacteria in Diarrhea in Racing Alaskan Sled Dogs

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $12,960
Erica McKenzie, PhD; Oregon State University
February 1, 2008 - January 31, 2009

Sponsor(s): Akita Club of America, Inc., Clumber Spaniel Club of America, Samoyed Club of America Education & Research Foundation

Breed(s): Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute
Research Program Area: Gastrointestinal Disease
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Project Summary

This is the first study to attempt to establish an apparent prevalence of these conditions in racing sled dogs and to attempt to define a causative etiology. The mushing community has been strongly suspicious of an infectious etiology for the occurrence of diarrhea, with recent concern focused on Clostridium spp. and leading to inappropriate use of crude vaccines. However, this study did not identify any association between Clostridium perfringens or Clostridium difficile or their respective toxins and the occurrence of diarrhea or fecal blood in racing sled dogs.


McKenzie, E., Lupfer, C., Banse, H., Hinchcliff, K., Love, S., Nelson, Jr, S., … Pastey, M. (2010). Hypogammaglobulinemia in Racing Alaskan Sled Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 24(1), 179–184. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-1676.2009.0416.x
McKenzie, E., Riehl, J., Banse, H., Kass, P. H., Nelson, Jr, S., & Marks, S. L. (2010). Prevalence of Diarrhea and Enteropathogens in Racing Sled Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 24(1), 97–103. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-1676.2009.0418.x

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