DVIDS – News – Military Working Dog Roger receives medical treatment at Camp Arifjan Veterinary Clinic

Military working dogs have been an important part of the US military from the start. As with any other service member, the health and welfare of military working dogs is a top priority. Earlier this week, the Iraqi military working dog Roger was medically evacuated to the veterinary clinic in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait for a life-saving procedure.
The military working dog Roger is one of over 2,000 working dogs currently being rescued in the U.S. military. He works as a bomb detection dog and makes sure that patrols are free and that unauthorized explosives do not make it to the base. As a usually energetic and playful partner, his handler noticed that something was wrong when Roger began to become less interactive and slow down.
The clinic’s medics discovered that Roger had a tumor on his spleen and the need for medical evacuation and the use of a newly installed mobile blood bank became very apparent.
“In these cases, there is a good chance they will decompensate quickly,” said Captain Emerick Whitefield, officer in charge of the veterinary clinic. “If he hadn’t been medically evacuated here and operated on as quickly as he…. We could have lost him. “
Roger is currently stable and is expected to make a full recovery. He will then be returned home and retired with full military honors.
The ASG-KU Veterinary Services Office has a wide range of services that affect the soldiers at Camp Arifjan and the U.S. Army Central’s area of ​​operations. The daily mission varies; in a normal civil clinic, the veterinarian would only see animals on a daily basis. Here in Kuwait, the Veterinary Office deals with the safety of the soldiers through the Trap Neuter Vaccinate Release Program, the Food Safety Mission and many other unique tasks.
Although the clinic is constantly busy, Captain Whitefield reflects on the time station positively. “On days like these, they remind you why I do this job,” said Captain Whitefield.

Recording date: 10/26/2020
Release Date: 02/09/2021 5:38 PM
Story ID: 404472
Location: KW
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Military working dog Roger receives medical treatment at the Camp Arifjan Veterinary Clinic