Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Pet Health

Veterinary care for border protection canines

See also

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection dogs have a big job. Every day they are busy sniffing out illegal drugs and identifying undocumented immigrants. Most importantly, the dogs perform search and rescue operations. The dogs must be in top physical health. To ensure their maximum performance, they visit with Chula Vista based veterinarians on a regular basis.

Most recently, the South Bay Veterinary Hospital participated in a project in tandem with the U.S. Customs Office last November. The veterinarians worked with over 60 U.S. Customs canines at an event designed to provide optimum care for some of the dogs who help protect our borders.

The doctors at the South Bay practice say that these dogs are an essential part of border patrol operations, yet many Americans are unaware of the crucial role the canines play in the tasks the U.S. Customs Office performs daily.

Dr. Jagpal Deo, owner of South Bay Veterinary Hospital, says that keeping the canines healthy is an important part of the day-to-day operations of border patrol.

"During the event, we were able to visit with over 60 canines who work hard every day protecting our borders," said Dr. Deo. "We help to ensure optimal health for these dogs and keep them in tip-top shape for their jobs. We addressed many of the health issues facing the German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and the Belgian Malinois used by the canine border corp. These dogs have a heavy workload, so keeping them healthy is a top priority."

The Chula Vista veterinarians are relied upon to identify and resolve a diverse range of health problems in the dogs, including injuries and organic diseases.

"During the event we treated a variety of minor injuries as well provided ongoing maintenance care for all of the dogs. We're proud of the role we play in helping the Customs canines, and the Customs Border Patrol is one of our largest clients. They rely on us to protect their canine officers. We like to say the dogs are VIP members of the U.S. Customs Office," said Dr. Deo.

The dogs must be able to sniff out drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana, so it's important that their olfactory senses are up to snuff. They also must maintain excellent eyesight, particularly when it comes to performing search and rescue operations.

"Maintaining the dogs' outstanding health is a vital part of border patrol," said Dr. Deo. "Without optimal wellness, the canines would not be able to perform their jobs. Americans put their trust in the Customs Office, and the CBP in turn puts their trust in us."

The South Bay Veterinary Hospital is located at 1038 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911 Telephone: 619-210-0017

The hospital offers a comprehensive list of pet services including wellness exams and vaccinations, dental care, surgery, stem cell therapy and more. They are open seven days a week. Visit their website to learn more.

Subscribe above to be alerted when more articles are published; your email address will not be shared.

Email info@GeminiUniversal.com if you have comments or a story you would like me to share. I currently write as NJ Animal Rescue Examiner, National Cats Examiner, National Pet Health Examiner, and National General Pets Examiner. Follow me on Twitter and visit us on Facebook for news and updates.

Advertisement

Life

  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Video
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Camera
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Video
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!