More Than Just Scenting
Interestingly, many blood values, such as triglycerides, red and white blood cells and calcium, were slightly lower for the maintenance-diet group, but always within normal range. Spokesman and veterinarian Martin Coffman says this variation wasn't considered significant, but body condition was. By the end of the season, dogs on maintenance had lost coat condition and weighed about 7 percent less than those on performance. This suggests that something more than scenting ability was involved. The dogs on higher fat and protein felt better, hunted more enthusiastically and demonstrated greater stamina.