A retired US Special Forces mine detection dog needed some help recently when he had a tumour on his right hind leg.

The seven-year-old German Shepherd, named Graf, had a tumour on the flank of his right hind leg, which was thankfully benign. Some initial surgery was carried out, but unfortunately this had not been completely successfully.

Former Special Forces Dog Helped in Afghanistan by UK charity

Graf had a tumour on his right hind leg.

Worried about Graf, the owner called Mayhew Afghanistan’s Country Director, Dr. Mohammadzai DVM, and vet Dr. Hadi for help and advice.

Since 2000, UK charity Mayhew have extended their work to help animals internationally as well as in the UK. Internationally, the charity works on rabies prevention and Trap Vaccinate Neuter Release (TVNR) programmes. Key countries where they work are Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India.

Mayhew provide veterinary training to overseas vets who are the key to promoting animal welfare abroad. The vets go on to train other vets and student vets in their own countries, thus building capacity for high quality neutering, surgery and veterinary preventative care.

To date more than 400 vets have been trained we have trained by the charity.

Former Special Forces Dog Helped in Afghanistan by UK charity

Graf is recovering well following his surgery

Mayhew’s Afghanistan Country Director, Dr. Mohammadzai DVM, was thankfully able to help Graf. He said, “Dr. Hadi and I were called by Graf’s owner to help carry out the remedial surgery. And many thanks go to the Veterinary Clinic at the Afghanistan Mine Detection Centre for the use of their facilities.”

“Following the surgery, Graf is slowly getting back on his feet with the help of his adopted family. We also made sure he was given a thorough health check including a rabies vaccination jab.”

Former Special Forces Dog Helped in Afghanistan by UK charity

Graf with his adopted family

From August 6th 2017, Mayhew Afghanistan has been implementing the first mass canine rabies vaccination programme in the city, which covers the main 16 districts in Kabul and have vaccinated over 4000 dogs so far. This is the first step in a long-term strategy to eradicate rabies from Kabul city in three years.

Click here to find out more about Mayhew and their work.

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