Iditarod return dog check ups in Anchorage

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On average, 30 percent of the dogs that compete in the Iditarod won't be able to complete the grueling race.

When a dog becomes injured or fatigued, it's transported to one of four hubs — McGrath, Unalakleet, Nome and eventually Anchorage.

The Iditarod headquarters in Anchorage is the Lakefront Anchorage, where veterinarian Erika Friedrich has been in charge of return dog care for 6 years.

Veterinarians and technicians are on staff at each location 24/7 to ensure that dogs in need of medical care are treated. They also ensure that each dog is in good health before it's allowed to return to a musher or handler's care.



 
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