Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Canine Military Hospital Opens In Texas

The Military Working Dog Center - a brand new canine military hospital - just opened its doors last week at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. There are currently 2,500 dogs serving with U.S. military units around the world, and the new veterinary hospital will provide treatment for those who are wounded in combat or in need of routine medical treatment.

"We act as the Walter Reed of the veterinary world," said hospital director Army Col. Bob Vogelsang.

The $15 million facility is equipped with operating rooms, and ICU, digital radiography, and CT scanning equipment. In addition, it looks like there is lots of hydrotherapy at the Military Working Dog Center, if the photos above are any indication!

The story of the canine hospital caught my eye and gave me a lot of new information to consider. Although I knew about police dogs, I wasn't aware that there were working dogs in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Apparently these pooches do everything from search and rescue to patrol duty. Most often, they are utilized for their incredible sense of smell to detect bombs, bodies, and illegal substances. What a great reminder of all the many amazing talents our canine companions possess! It's great to see these dogs recognized as the heroes they are.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow this is wicked....if only the administration would give the millions of uninsured such treatment!