Chula Vista Veterinarians Work With U.S. Customs Canines

CHULA VISTA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- South Bay Veterinary Hospital, located in Chula Vista, CA, participated in a project in tandem with the U.S. Customs Office on Nov. 19. Chula Vista veterinarians from the hospital 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," Dr. Deo said. "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 border dogs have a big job to do. Every day they're busy sniffing out illegal drugs, identifying undocumented immigrants and perhaps most importantly, performing search and rescue operations. The U.S. Border Patrol relies on the Chula Vista veterinarians 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 US 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," says 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 Chula Vista veterinarians say they are thrilled to be the top choice for the border patrol in providing canine care. The South Bay Veterinary Hospital offers a complete menu of pet services including grooming, dental care, surgery and more. They are open seven days a week.

CONTACT: South Bay Veterinary Hospital 888-667-5235Source:South Bay Veterinary Hospital