Canada Necropsy indicates Yukon Quest sled dog died of aspiration

02:30  13 february  2018
02:30  13 february  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Yukon Quest officials say a preliminary necropsy shows that a dog on musher Hugh Neff's team died due to aspiration . Hansen says she had not seen a sled dog die of aspiration while it was resting at a checkpoint.

2018 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race entry opens August 5, 2017. If no Race Official is present, the dog may be submitted to a Race Veterinarian. A necropsy will be performed on all expired dogs by a licensed veterinary pathologist or veterinarian.

Dog dies on Yukon Quest trail, past champ Hugh Neff drops out of race© Julien Schroder/Yukon Quest Dog dies on Yukon Quest trail, past champ Hugh Neff drops out of race

The preliminary results from a necropsy done on a dog that died last week during the Yukon Quest sled dog race indicate the cause of death was aspiration.

  • Dog dies on Yukon Quest trail, past champ Hugh Neff drops out of race

The news release from Quest officials also says this is "consistent with the clinical history provided by the musher," Hugh Neff.

No other details have been provided.

A study done by an American government health agency on dog deaths in the Iditarod says aspiration can be caused by the dog inhaling foreign objects such as vomit or gastric acid.

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A final necropsy report on Yukon musher Yuka Honda's sled dog Firefly has determined that the animal died of heart failure, during last month's Yukon Quest . The race's head veterinarian, Cristina Hansen, says it's relatively common for sled dogs to have enlarged hearts, and experience.

'Firefly' had an enlarged heart which led to heart failure during last month's race, the Quest 's head vet found. A necropsy also determined that the booties Firefly ate were not a cause of Yuka Honda, seen outside Pelly Crossing, dropped out of this year's Yukon Quest after her sled dog Firefly died .

Neff told officials that five-year-old Boppy died at Clinton Creek west of Dawson City, Yukon. It's a place on the race trail between Eagle, Alaska, and Dawson City where mushers often stop to rest.

The race marshal said last week that Neff was running a young team of dogs and Neff thought it was best for the team to withdraw.

The release says final necropsy results are expected to be released within one month after the finish of the race.

One of Neff's dogs died in the 2011 race. In 2001 he was disqualified due to the condition of his team at the Eagle checkpoint.

Neff scratched from this year's race. It was his 17th Yukon Quest.

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