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Published: Jun 24, 2011

While many people show support for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, there are some soldiers that often go overlooked - the four-footed kind. There are many dogs helping out with the war effort, and sadly, they are often injured in the line of battle. The military recently released new guidelines to battlefield doctors on how to treat wounded canines, according to USA Today.

Dogs in the military have been in the news recently, especially since it was recently released that a canine was involved in the daring capture of Osama bin laden. There are seven teams of military veterinarians in Afghanistan, as well as two hospitals to help care for dogs wounded in battle.

The new guidelines, which were distributed in April, update some of the notions about dog health. For instance, the Army Institute of Surgical Research notes that dogs' hearts beat 20-beats-per-minute faster than humans', and dogs are also susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Because dogs' anatomy is so different from humans, it's essential for pet parents to take their canines to the vet's office for an annual exam.

Dogs serve another purpose when it comes to warfare - many canines are used as therapy dogs for soldiers suffering from PTSD, according to The Huffington Post.