Friday, October 25, 2013

Canine PTSD

A few weeks ago, I wrote about dogs helping people with PTSD - post traumatic stress disorder. On the other side of the coin, dogs can suffer from PTSD as well. 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:

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. This is important information! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for coming over! Dogs are so much like us.