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Police dog Bodie released after surgery

12:55 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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  • Bodie on his day of release from the VCA hospital.
  • X-ray of Bodie's broken jaw with the new metal plate inserted.
  • Bodie on his day of release from the VCA hospital.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The loveable police dog Bodie was released from the VCA Sacramento Veterinary on Wednesday afternoon after a successful jaw surgery.

"Everything went great during the procedure - no complications at all. Everything went smoothly as planned," said Bodie's handler Ofc. Randy VanDusen.

The police dog was injured last month during a police chase. He was shot twice in the jaw and once in the paw.

Bodie stayed overnight at the VCA Sacramento Veterinary, at 9801 Old Winery Place, to be monitored after his three-hour jaw surgery; it is expected to be the last surgery for the police dog.

During the surgery, veterinarians inserted a stainless steel plate to Bodie's lower left jaw. They also took bone marrow from Bodie's shoulder and packed it into his jaw area to regenerate the bone and help him heal faster.

Veterinarians are also monitoring the progress of Bodie's broken toes on his right paw. The canine still needs his bandage changed once or twice a week to keep the area clean.
Once the cast on his paw is removed, Bodie will need to be retrained as a police dog.

"Anytime a dog is off the street for any sort of length of time we want to make sure they're still trained to the high standards that we require so we will definitely go through some retraining with him," said VanDusen.

Bodie will go through search training, obedience, and agility obstacles. He's expected back on the streets in about six months.

"With these dogs it is like riding a bike. They know exactly what they're supposed to be doing when you tell him to do it so it comes back very, very quickly," said VanDusen.



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