Health Care Partners

The National Police Dog Foundation would like to express their sincere appreciation for the generosity of their veterinary partners. These general practitioners and specialists discount or donate their time, talents and resources to care for police dogs nationwide. In light of the fact that most police departments do not have line items in their budget to provide extensive medical care nor the financial ability to meet significant emergency needs, the compassion of the veterinary community in providing for these service dogs is irreplaceable, as well as the generosity of the public.

As with any family pet, police dogs need routine physical exams, annual vaccinations, parasite detection and control. Police dogs may also have an occasional problem such as urinary tract infections, foxtails in their nose or ears, skin allergies or infections, and an occasional cut or scrape, etc. These minor issues also require veterinary care just like your family pet. Some agencies have only one or two police dogs. However the cost for routine annual veterinary care or addressing minor issues becomes significant if a department has several service dogs.

Police dogs are naturally subject to more than routine minor issues. Much like competitive athletes, police dog training is strenuous and takes place on a regular basis to keep them at the top of their game. It is not unusual to occasionally experience a strain or sprain causing discomfort. This lameness needs to be evaluated and appropriately treated as soon as it occurs in order for these dogs to work at their best.

In their line of work, just like any police officer, these dogs are always at risk for serious injury. This risk is ever present and always a real possibility because of their many uses of deployment. If a police dog is seriously injured and the department does not have the ability to provide extensive medical care, a valuable police dog may be forced to retire early. TheNational Police Dog Foundation, in partnering with veterinarians nationwide, can make the difference in a police dog recovering to active duty from a serious injury or illness. Helping these dogs to fully recover, continue working and making a difference in our communities is a top priority of the foundation.

The National Police Dog Foundation also works to educate the handlers in many aspects of caring for their dogs. The foundation helps them to recognize signs of medical emergencies such as boat, snakebite, accidental narcotic ingestion and many others. The National Police Dog Foundation also helps handlers locate the nearest veterinary emergency hospitals as well as network with general practitioners who take after-hours emergency calls. When veterinary services are provided at no cost (or significantly discounted), many problems are dealt with before they become serious or life-threatening.

The National Police Dog Foundation also helps provide veterinary care for retired police dogs. These dogs have given invaluable service to their departments and our communities risking serious injury on a daily basis. The foundation seeks to honor that effort and service by making sure that these retirees have health and comfort in their later years. The generosity of our partner veterinarians and your donations is what makes this possible.

If you are a practicing veterinarian interested in partnering with the foundation, please contact the National Police Dog Foundation for more information. If you have a primary care veterinarian for your pet that you think may be interested in helping the National Police Dog Foundation, please forward this website or invite them to contact us. We invite private practitioners, general and specialty, to join in with the National Police Dog Foundation to provide much needed and genuinely appreciated veterinary care to police dogs nationwide. We also invite the individuals, foundations, and corporations to partner with us in providing this necessary care for America’s amazing K-9 cops.

Veterinary Partners

Ron Dalzell, DVM
6580 La Cumbre Road

Somis, CA 93066
(805) 701-8680

Christopher Frier, DVM
700 North Moorpark Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 497-0969

J. Burner, DVM, MS
5380 Ralston St,

Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 644-5521

Janine Cole, D.V.M.
5600 Coors Blvd NW Ste F5,

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
(505) 485-0700

Kris Bannon, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
5 Camino Karsten

Algodones, NM 87001
(505) 471-0747

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New Mexico
Peter Schwarz, DVM, DACVS
4000 Montgomery Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 884-3433

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Canine Physical Rehabilitation of New Mexico
Laura Hady, DVM, CCRP

4000 Montgomery Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 884-3433

Animal Medical Clinic

M. Scott Smith, DVM
1037 Casitas Pass Rd

Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-8665

Ian Gordon Holsworth, BVSc, MANZCVS (Surgery), DACVS
2859 Loma Vista Road

Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 850-2180

Robert Furman, BVMS, MRCVS
1350 Reynolds Ave Suite 116

Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 648-7383

Lindsay Tangeman, DVM, DACVIM
Nick Russell, BVSc, MVS, FANZCVS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
2967 N. Moorpark Rd

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 492-2436

Andrea Wells, DVM, DACVIM
414 East Carrillo Street

Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 729-4460

Jean Greek, DVM, DACVD
3022 State St. Suite A,

Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-3376 (DERM)

Guardian Animal Aftercare
Steve McCorkle
11173 Tuxford St.

Sun Valley, CA 91352
(818) 768‑6465

“The National Police Dog Foundation would like to express their sincere appreciation for the generosity of their veterinary partners.”