The Balto & K9 Hero Programs
The Balto Program
Because we recognize this sacrifice made by both animal and handler, we have created the Balto Program. The Balto Program recognizes 2 working dogs annually and provides free medical care in order to keep them at top working order.
Pet will be enrolled after consideration by Dr. Howard and/or Practice Manager and enrollment will last one year from start date (example: June 1, 2023-June 1, 2024). All decisions on enrollment are on a first come/first serve basis and will be made at our discretion.
If there is a dog that you would like to recommend for our program, please contact us now.
The Balto Program began as soon as we opened our doors in August 2015 and was initially called the Hero K-9 Program. Our very first participant was Balto and we were lucky enough to have him enrolled for almost 3 years.
Balto and his handler, John Logie, began working together in Afghanistan in 2009. The pair spent almost a year together searching for explosives and clearing the way for troops until the day Logie was injured. On May 8th, 2010, Balto saved John’s life by leading him away from a primary IED. Balto was not injured and continued working overseas without John, but they maintained a close relationship when John returned to Afghanistan. Balto was eventually retired and John instantly jumped at the opportunity to welcome him into his family.
Balto and John became an instant part of the Wasatch Hollow family and Balto was incredibly loved by the entire staff. Balto unfortunately was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease in several locations in early 2018 and after numerous treatments and attempts at maintaining quality of life, he was peacefully laid to rest in May 2018.
It was then that Dr. Howard decided to dedicate and rename our program for Balto. Balto was a part of our WHAH family and a true hero. He is sorely missed by all, but we are so grateful to have been a part of his life and to continue to serve our K-9 heros in his name.
‘K-9 Hero’ Laser Therapy Program
Laser Therapy is the latest technology for joint and soft tissue pain. Our K-Laser reduces inflammation in joints and soft tissues which dramatically reduces pain. More importantly, though, is that Laser therapy is biostimulatory. This means that it actually aids in repairing the damaged tissues and therefore improves strength and provides greater mobility.
Most active and retired working dogs, as a result of their service, suffer from joint issues and pain. Although this pain can sometimes be managed with medication, there are great benefits when laser is used in conjunction. Laser also does not have any negative side effects on the body and its organs.
We look forward to being able to keep active working dogs in tip-top shape and to provide our retired dogs with lasting comfort for their well deserved rest.
Wasatch Hollow Animal Hospital retains the right to discontinue an animal from the program at any time with or without prior notice. Pets will be enrolled only after verification of active/retired working dog status. All decisions on enrollment in our K-9 Hero Program will be made at our own discretion.