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The Scoop: Military Hospital Opens For Combat-Wounded Pups

There are over 2,500 dogs working with military units around the world . . . but what happens when a dog gets hurt on the job? Up until recently, pooches severely injured in the field were flown for treatment to a cramped building that opened 40 years ago during the Vietnam War! No longer. A $15 million veterinary hospital opened Tuesday (in its place) at Texas's Lackland Air Force Base, which also houses the working dogs' training facilities.

Housing all the best technology, features include everything from canine CT scanning equipment to rehab like this underwater treadmill. Lackland currently trains 750 dogs – the pups usually enter between one-and-a-half and three years of age and most work until about 10.

With demand outstripping the number of dogs available, hospital and veterinary workers were trying to keep them healthy and working as long as possible, said Army Col. Bob Vogelsang, hospital director. Then, they're adopted out and stationed at "Fort Living Room."

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JessiJames JessiJames 7 years
Yea, I actually work there. The place is a heck of a lot better than where we use to be. We use to have to go into Wilford Hall (the human hospital on base) in order to do CT scans yet we've always had the rehab section. We just upgraded from one under water treadmill to two high tech ones. Our ICU is also now top of the line as well as our two surgery suites. And as far as adoption, anyone who is interested, there are websites out there. If you look up the Lackland website it also has a link. First choice goes to ex handlers then out to the public. Free Spay/Neuter and one month's worth of any medication they may be on. All you have to do is arrange for transport. They deserve a good home. Many either failed the program or have served their time. I have one at home and he is my everything. Highly recommend adopting one. And thanks for the article and the support. I'm a tech and we bust our but every day for these dogs and still get a bad rep. I appreciate someone who cares about our cause.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
This is a wonderful thing! It's good to know that these courageous dogs are being taken care of. Hopefully, they find wonderful homes when they're done with their service.
Tsybrant Tsybrant 7 years
I have to say this is the coolest thing EVER! I live in Oregon and have a dog who was injured (abet not in the line of duty) but finding a rehab facility was hard. We drive 45min to another town just to use a hydro therapy tank, but it is more than worth it- I would drive anywhere for her. These working dogs are SO lucky to have such a great facility....
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