Dr. Baggish received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then completed internal medicine training and cardiovascular fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His on-going research focuses on heart function and heart disease in athletic individuals. He is the Director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program , a Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center program that provides clinical care and exercise testing for active individuals. Dr. Baggish is medical director for the Boston Marathon and serves as team cardiologist for the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, the New England Revolution, US Men's and Women's Soccer, and US Rowing.
Growing dogs require greater amounts of protein, calories, vitamins and minerals (particularly calcium). Puppies often double their weight in a short time. Animal protein sources are best for growing dogs (beef, lamb, fish, eggs, poultry). It’s important to weigh your dog throughout the first 12 months to check if the weight is normal - you need to know the full adult weight for the breed (estimate mixed breeds). For example, if you know your dog will weigh 50 pounds when full grown, then at 6 months she should weigh 30 pounds you can adjust the diet accordingly.
[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]