Journal article

Vitamin E and exertional rhabdomyolysis during endurance sled dog racing

RJ Piercy, KW Hinchcliff, PS Morley, RA DiSilvestro, GA Reinhart, SL Nelson, KE Schmidt, AM Craig

NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) is common in sled dogs, animals with high energy expenditures that consume high fat (60% of ingested calories) diets. Associations between pre-race plasma [vitamin E] and total antioxidant status (TAS) and risk of developing ER were examined in dogs competing in the 1998 Iditarod race. Pre-race blood samples were collected from 750 dogs and a second sample was collected from 158 dogs withdrawn from the race at various times. Plasma creatine kinase activity was used to identify withdrawn dogs with ER. There was no association between pre-race plasma [vitamin E] and risk of development of ER. Dogs that developed ER started the race with higher TAS, but when withd..

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