Military Plans for a Dog Hospital

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The military's working dogs can look forward to improved health care in San Antonio. The Defense Department says it will open a new 31-thousand-square-foot veterinary facility for working dogs at Lackland Air Force Base.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael Lagutchik, director of the Military Dogs Veterinary Service, says the new building is badly needed and will be the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind.

The Defense Department and Transportation Security Administration train more than 700 dogs at Lackland for military duty and airport security worldwide.

Lagutchik says the current hospital is cramped with 34 doctors, technicians and other staff.

The military already offers health care for dogs like radiology, surgery, internal medicine and critical care. The new hospital will add a 40-kennel recovery wing for dogs rehabilitating from injuries.