Allpetnews.com reports that from approximately 650 military dogs deployed with American combat forces, nearly five percent have come down with symptoms of PTSD. These dogs have been subjected to gunfire, explosions, and other combat scenarios.
Military veterinarians say some dogs become clingy or aggressive, they might refuse to enter areas where they used to be comfortable, or become hyper-vigilent and set off alarms whether there's something to worry about or not.
Dogs affected should be taken off their patrol duty, given lots of exercise, play time, and gentle obedience training.
Just as people, dogs don't have to go to war to enter a state of extreme stress. Causes can include natural disasters, car accidents, and physical or emotional trauma.
If you want to read more about dogs with PTSD, treatment, and management, these websites might provide a good starting point:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Dogs - IVC Journal
- Canine PTSD, its causes, symptoms and treatment
- More military dogs who signs of combat stress - NY Times
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - can it affect your dog? - Cesar's Way
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