Service dogs play an invaluable role in the lives of individuals who depend on them to perform everyday tasks. They require many hours of training, and once trained, premature retirement due to illness or injury has wide reaching consequences. The loss of this highly trained animal substantially impacts guide dog training foundations both financially and logistically.
Additionally, the individual in need must be paired with a new service canine which can have a severe impact to their day to day lives.
By working with The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in the course of providing normal health care, information about the health of these service dogs is used to learn more about many common conditions and fitness.