Service dogs need their eyes even more than other pet dogs do. Vision may not be a dog’s keenest sense, but for dogs with jobs — like guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and military/police dogs — having healthy eyes is crucial.

That’s why this month, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is holding its fifth annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. All around the U.S. Canada, and Puerto Rico, thousands of eligible service animals are heading to veterinary eye specialists for free eye exams More than 10,000 dogs and other service animals have participated in the event since its inception.

Dogster caught up with a stunning service dog and his devoted owner, who were participating in the program for the first time at Veterinary Vision…

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