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Keeping a strong bite against ISIL

Southwest Asia -- Members of the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group dig for the root of a tooth during an extraction procedure on a military working dog at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 24, 2015. Even in a deployed environment, MWDs receive dental care tokeep a strong bite against defeating Islamic State or ISIL.


MWD dental appointment becomes joint-service learning experience

1/13/2015 - FORT WAINRIGHT, Alaska -- Military working dog Oogre traveled to the post for his annual dental check-up Dec. 19 with his handler U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Gingras, 354th Security Forces Squadron. His appointment became a learning opportunity for U.S. Army flight medics who rarely get the opportunity to work on K-9s.

Animal care specialists perform various jobs that include providing routine daily care for animals and assisting veterinarians in surgical procedures, but these specialists aren't always around.

"We don't interact with K-9s often, but we are fully aware that the opportunity is possible in a deployed location," said U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Seay, a flight medic assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 52d Aviation Regiment. "Due to a dog's stature being smaller, we have to learn how to give correct doses or else it could be lethal. Although the anatomy is different, we will take care of and treat a K-9 the same way we would any injured servicemember."


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K-9 knows the drill

2/22/2013 - JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Military Working Dog Shark, assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron, is placed on the operating table before his root canal surgery and teeth cleaning Feb. 20, 2013, at the Veterinary Clinic at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C. Shark works on both the Air Base and Weapons Station at JB Charleston.


Team effort helps MWD prepare to retire

With the help of the 66th Security Forces Squadron, 66th Medical Squadron Dental Clinic and U.S. Army Veterinary Treatment Facility, one of Hanscom's military working dogs will retire as a healthy and happy canine. Read More...