COs may purchase food from local available sources if it is more
c. Special diets may be procured and fed to individual dogs.
diets are given when a veterinarian indicates other than standard is
d. The dog food must be manufactured, packaged, stored, and transported
in conformance with sanitary standards for food plants (MILOSTD 668) as
determined by the military veterinary services.
a. The Surgeon General (SG) provides professional support for military
dogs. He does so through his veterinary service. This includes medical care
and treatment of dogs at the training sites and assigned posts.
reviews plans for new construction and changes of kennels, support buildings,
He provides for sanitary inspections of kennel areas.
training and instructing of dog handlers and supervisors in care, management,
feeding, and first aid of dogs is provided by the SG. Additionally, special
studies in matters affecting the health, kenneling, and feeding of dogs are
conducted as required. The post CO must include veterinary requirements for
This will be used in the treatment and care of military
dogs. Civilian veterinary care of dogs is authorized in emergencies. Such
might occur when a military veterinarian is not available; or it may occur
when veterinary medical requirements for care are beyond the capabilities of
the supporting facility in accordance with AR 40-3.
agreements may be used for veterinary services.
This will depend upon
b. The dog handler is responsible for first aid treatment for his dog.
He must also be able to recognize illness or injury that requires
professional veterinary care.
Veterinary drugs and supplies necessary for
first aid treatment will be provided as directed by the command veterinarian.
He will make provision to each dog team from resources available to the
attending veterinarian. Each dog handler will receive a minimum of one hour
training in first aid per quarter. Such training will be done in accordance
with TM 8-450 and FM 20-20, and it will be recorded on the Sentry/Patrol Dog
Training and Utilization Record.
The proper employment and use of MP working dogs have added new and
more flexible support to all aspects of security and law enforcement. The MP
working dogs' capabilities combined with your efforts in understanding and
supporting their importance to physical security can add a new dimension of
security to your facility or installation.