Pigeon health

   drugs for marathon racers

05. 01. 2008.
Will you please help me in finding such medicine which helps me to do well in marathon races? Since the champion fanciers here wont disclose what they are giving to their birds during races.
We have a lot of drugs which we can give the long distance racers. We could also call these medicines to performance boosters. Let’s see some of them.

L-carnitine helps fatty acids reach the heart from which the heart will principally gain its energy when operating. After filling the system with carnitine, the heart muscle withstands the burden more easily, and/or it is capable of displaying heightened performance over a longer period.
Carnitine also plays a key role in the operation of the skeletal muscles (pectoral muscles), increasing their performance. Just as in the case of heart muscles, it helps the regeneration of the skeletal musculature following strain, and shortens the period of regeneration.
Its recommended dose is 0.1g per kilogram of body weight, for only 1-2 days before races.
Prolonged dosage of carnitine has a negative effect. If we administer it for three or more consecutive days, the body stops its own production of carnitine, and it takes time before it can begin again. This can cause problems in races lasting for a number of days, when the artificially-administered carnitine runs out on the second day, and the pigeon’s body is not able to restart its own production quickly enough. On such occasions the metabolism of the heart muscle and skeletal muscle becomes impaired, leading to a decline in flying performance or in severe cases to damage of the muscle cells.
We should be careful with the dosage of carnitine. Experience suggests that treatment over two days is enough; however, even a single application can bring visible results.

Iodine is an important constituent of the thyroid gland hormone, which plays a key role in metabolic processes, and a large role in the development of a perfect plumage. Thus an inadequate provision of iodine for racing pigeons causes a decline in flying performance for a number of reasons.
We should administer products containing iodine once or twice a week, but be careful when doing so, as it is easy to overdose it, particularly if we also use it to disinfect drinking water.

The body gains the energy necessary for muscle operation most easily and quickly from mono- and disaccharides. To help flying performance, we should usually give glucose, fructose or maltodextrin. Another natural source of energy is honey.

Iron plays a role in the production of haemoglobins, and thus in the transport of oxygen. We should give it to racing pigeons on a weekly basis for their blood to contain sufficient haemoglobins.
A number of illnesses can cause anaemia, e.g. intestinal worms, coccidiosis, lack of certain trace elements, and dicumarol poisoning. Alongside controlling the original illness, the necessary substitution of iron must also be ensured. If we suspect a lack of iron or anaemia, we should ask our veterinarian to conduct a blood test!
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