Infrared saunas concentrate heat onto the body to remove dangerous chemicals and toxins from the system. There are portable infrared sauna units as well, and some dog owners have found that their pets seem to enjoy sitting inside as well. But the question remains if this is safe, and if your sled dogs would get any benefit from it.
What Veterinarians Have Found
In looking at the overall benefits of an infrared sauna on humans, veterinarians have found no plausible reason why they would be harmful to a dog. So long as used in the same way, for the same short duration, an infrared sauna will have no negative impact on the animal.
Your Snow Dogs and Toxins
There is a lot of emphasis placed on a clean planet, and the affect that current pollution is having on our health. Yet no mention of how this affects the animals that share the earth with us. Your snow dog is being exposed to toxins with every breath they take, not to mention from their food and drink. These toxins build up in the cells and can cause illness and disease. They are also the cause of premature aging. There is not much you can do to prevent this, but you may be able to release those toxins before any damage is done.
Does an Infrared Sauna Help an Injured Dog?
If one of your sled dogs sustains an injury, a few sessions inside of a portable infrared sauna will help it to heal more rapidly. The rays stimulate both blood flow and metabolic activity. This will help in easing pain and reducing swelling. Both of which are important in the elements of the healing process.
What makes it even better is that you don’t have to go and spend tons of money at the vet to help your sled dog get better. A portable infrared sauna can be kept where you keep the dogs so long as there is an outlet to plug into. Limit their sessions to 30 minutes, as more than that can cause the body to overheat.
It is also important that they drink plenty of water before entering the sauna and then again afterwards. The heat can cause dehydration which will be staved off with plenty of water during the process. Your dog may not seem comfortable at first, but once they feel the calming effect they will quickly grow used to it.
As an owner of a large number of dogs, it can seem difficult to keep them all healthy all of the time. Not to mention expensive. Yet if you are able to introduce natural healing methods into their treatments, managing the health needs of your sled dogs will become much simpler.