Help Raise Money for Police K-9s, like Woodland’s Injured Peydro
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DAVIS, Calif. (KCRA) —An injured Woodland police dog continues on his road to recovery with the help of hydrotherapy, and you can help raise money for protective vests and medical equipment for working and retired police dogs.
The German shepherd suffered a broken back, collapsed lung and fractured snout.
Peydro's physical therapy at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine involves hydrotherapy and laser treatments.
Dr. Jaime Peyton said that just like humans, physical therapy is a critical but often overlooked part of an animal's recovery.
Hydrotherapy is helping Peydro regain the use of his back legs.
"It actually helps build muscle in his back end," Peyton said. "He still has some weakness, so walking against that water helps build muscle and really improves his strength, and that’s the ultimate goal for Peydro is to get him back in to the best shape possible."
In a bath of 90-degree water, with jets aimed at his hips to help sooth tense muscles, Peydro walks for nearly 30 minutes.
Doctors call the police dog's recovery a testament to modern medicine and the work ethic of a service dog.
"Peydro is such an inspiration," Peyton said. "He is a landmark for having trauma, what he does, a great team to get him prepare and now get him in shape to have the best quality of life."
Peydro's handler, Officer Juan Barrera, said it's unlikely that Peydro will ever return to police duty.
Instead, Pedro will retire with continued care and support of an organization called Cover your K-9, funded by Pet Food Express.
Barrera first heard of the organization when he was invited to take part in trauma training for injured service dogs.
He said the training likely saved his partner's life in the moments after Peydro was hit by the car.
"Your instinct is to just pick them up, put them in the squad car and drive to the hospital," Barrera said. "Come to find out afterwards, if we would have picked him up, it would have severed his spine and he wouldn’t be here today."
Barrera is encouraging pet owners to visit area Pet Food Express stores Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from all pet washes will benefit the Cover Your K-9 program.
In addition to trauma training for handlers, Cover Your K-9 purchases vests, medical equipment and medical care for retired dogs.
Pet Food Express has stores in Davis, Sacramento and Roseville.
The program said it raised $160,000 in 2015, and so far, Cover Your K-9 has supported more than 600 police dogs around the state. The program will be giving $1,000 toward Peydro's future care, as well as another $1,000 for K-9 teams in Northern California that don't have emergency care safety nets.
Peydro's doctors said he will need several more weeks of physical therapy before he has a second surgery on his injured snout.
By Brian Hickey
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