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Part 2 Nutrition Canine Athlete for the By Dr. Julie Mayer Last month we talked about the dog’s daily energy requirements and what to feed when. This month we’ll look at important vitamins and minerals and other supplements. Nutritional supplementation to the basic diet enhances recovery from stress, illness, and injury, helps prevent the onset of degenerative disease, and assists the canine athlete to perform optimally. of bones. Food suggestions: eggs, leafy vegetables, liver, fruits, carrots, sweet potato, squash. • Vitamins & Minerals Below are some important vitamins and minerals that should be part of the canine athlete’s diet regularly. The most healthy way to offer them is in their natural state: fresh vegetables and fruits and animal products. If needed, a good quality multivitamin and mineral blend that has all the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals can be given daily or every other day. • • • Vitamin E is an antioxidant, improves circulation, improves the immune system, helps antibody production, and increases tissue repair (including musculoskeletal trauma and neuronal repair), and production of collagen. The gamma tocopherol inhibits COX (cyclooxygenase) activity so it has anti-inflammatory properties. Food suggestions: mustard greens, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, broccoli, red bell peppers, tropical fruits, nuts, wheat, plant and seed oils. Vitamin C is involved in enzymatic metabolic processes and connective tissue production like cartilage and collagen. It boosts the immune system, is an antioxidant, helps to reduce stress, has anti-inflammatory properties, and improves cardiovascular function. Food suggestions: fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, liver. Vitamin A assists in immune cell activation and antibody production, is an antioxidant, and is important for ligament and tendon health and the formation March 13 | Clean Run • • • Vitamin B is needed for cell metabolism and energy, maintains nerve function and muscle tone, reduces the effects of stress, helps combat anemia, and is essential for red blood cell production. Food suggestions: liver, nutritional yeast, molasses, potatoes, bananas, lentils, turkey, tuna. Vitamin D is important in maintaining calcium and phosphorus homeostasis and is good for the immune system. Food suggestions: fish, mushroom, egg, nutritional yeast. Vitamin K assists with bone repair and maintains strong bones. Food suggestions: vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, eggs, organ meats. Calcium regulates nerve function and muscle contraction and is a necessity for bone development (along with phosphorous) and structure. 45

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2013

Clean Run - March 2013
Editorializing: Would You Treat a Dog Like That?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Knowledge Equals Speed! Teaching Verbal Directional Commands, Part 1
Power Paws Drills: Gnarly Rears
Ultimate Instructors: What Makes a Really Good Instructor?
Can You Handle It?
Head-Turning Turns, Part 3
The 10-Minute Trainer
Busting the Myths: Set Goals? Or Just Enjoy the Moment?
Out Spot Out! Five Required Skills for Successful Distance Work
Living Room Agility: Front & Rear Crosses
Nutrition for the Canine Athlete, Part 2
Puppy Agility Games, Part 1
Training with the Stars: Greg Derrett
The Judge’s Debriefing
Foundation Jumping, Part 1

Clean Run - March 2013