Food for Canine Athletes

Since this summer our dogs have been eating Racinel Black Label Extra Energy. We already had a good impression of Racinel Black Label series since we had been using Sport & Agility for the past six months, but Extra Energy was still a positive surprise!

The dogs’ excrements volume decreased and the firmed up, making them easier to clean up. After a short while, we noticed that the dogs were putting on weight, fast! This means that the nutrients in the food are easily ingested. The food includes salmon oil, which makes the fur absolutely shine and the paws are in great condition.

It is very important to us that our dogs get high-quality chow, especially now that we are aiming for longer distance races. The food needs to be highly digestible, high on energy, fat, and proteins so that we do not need to mix in any raw meat. This means that the feeding process is faster and easier, all dogs get a controlled amount of fat and proteins, and hygiene is easier to maintain.

Canine athletes have an increased need for antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins E and C, as well as beta-carotene and almost all of vitamins B (Kempe et al, 2005).

Racinel Black Label Extra Energy has the correct formula of nutrients and supplements, paying extra attention to the dietary requirements of the joints; the food has an ideal content of glucosamine chondroitin and vitamin C. It goes without saying that longer distances take their toll on the joints, and you need to compensate for this in the diet.

In three months we will be racing our first medium distance race – the Gold Rush Run in Finnish Lapland. We still have a lot to figure out, in order to arrange sufficient training days for the dogs. For the past three weeks, we have been practically unable to train, due to awful weather conditions here in Southern Finland. While trying to sort out accommodation, schedule, and budget for an eight-week training camp, it is a welcome relief to know that at least the nutrition is in order!

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