U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa
Staff Sgt. Eric Bonner, a 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, intubates Suli, his 9-year-old German shepherd partner, prior to Suli’s prophylactic gastropexy, also referred to as stomach tacking, to prevent gastric torsion, or twisting of the stomach Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 at the Veterinary Clinic, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The surgery was completed after a recommendation by the Army, the service in charge of medical care for the military working dog program, for all dogs in the program to receive the surgery. Stomach twisting is caused by gastric dilatation and volvulus, commonly known as bloat, the second leading killer of dogs after cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy)
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