Dr. Kevin Winkler, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, will discuss a variety of topics related to the proper care of police dogs, including recognizing signs of distress, properly treating wounds and, most importantly, avoiding heat-related illness.
“Keeping the dogs cool is a huge issue for the officers in the field,” said Winkler, who has taught K-9 first aid for more than 20 years. “Heatstroke is one of the biggest risks for most working dogs.”
The training will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, April 27, at 3738 SW 15th Street, Bldg. 3 in Oklahoma City. Two of the Oklahoma City police department’s dogs are expected to be present to allow for hands-on instruction.
The event comes just eight months after an Oklahoma City police K-9 was killed in the line of duty. Kye, a 3-year-old German shepherd, was stabbed by a robbery suspect who was fleeing authorities. Kye was rushed to emergency surgery but died after developing complications the next day. He was buried with full police honors.
“Our K-9s are an important and much-loved part of our department,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, spokesman for the Oklahoma City police department. “They can perform tasks that no human can do. We want to do everything we can to ensure they stay healthy and on the job.”