In the tactical environment, a tactical medic may be the only care provider able to assist a working dog that has been injured. The goal of the following article is introduce medics to common problems associated with working dogs in a tactical environment. In addition to this article, medics ought to find a veterinarian that has experience with working dogs and work with them to become more familiar with anatomy and what is “normal” for canines, as well as become comfortable working with them.
The following article is from the Journal of Special Operations Medicine, vol. 7, edition 2, pg 33-47.
Tactical K-9 Care: Part 2 will focus on treatment of trauma.