Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Valdivia, Chile
I'll post here because SAR is what I need this for, but I'll appreciate the input of anyone involved in the working dog community, being it SAR, detection, military, police, high competition, etc.
I'm part of a commission to design a standard, a health protocol for all the dogs of our team, from birth to retirement. A minimum for all handlers to achieve. As a very rough example:
- 2 to 4 months: serie of vaccines
- 6 months: rabies vaccine
- 1 year: hip and elbow X-rays
And any other protocol a dog should follow yearly, every 2 years, etc.
My team has signed or is about to sign agreements with people who will help us in several venues, veterinary care between them. The problem we have is that while we have good intentioned veterinarians willing to help, they know nothing about working dogs and for some stuff they have not really been helpful. We have had problems in the past with the local vet of a given handler not picking something that would have been more obvious for a vet more experienced in working dogs as opposed to only pets. We can't import expert vets nor send them for post titles, but we can improve the prevention on our own dogs and offer a guideline on what to look for to the veterinarians. Another problem is that those agreements may last six months, one year, three years... we really don't know and we need to keep our own standards regardless of the veterinarian that is attending our dogs that moment.
Everything is welcomed!! also feel free to PM
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