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More Military Dogs Show Signs of PTSD, Need Psychotherapy of Sorts

December 2, 2011|Uncategorized

Other mammals, not just humans, can experience anxiety and stress.

And, they can develop more severe forms of anxiety and stress such as PTSD. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that results from exposure to extreme stressors such as those often encountered in combat. Much like humans, animals need psychological treatment and behavior therapy to deal with the effects of stress and PTSD.

Excerpt from article:

The call came into the behavior specialists here from a doctor in Afghanistan. His patient had just been through a firefight and now was cowering under a cot, refusing to come out.

Apparently even the chew toys hadn’t worked.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, thought Dr. Walter F. Burghardt Jr., chief of behavioral medicine at the Daniel E. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base. Specifically, canine PTSD.

If anyone needed evidence of the frontline role played by dogs in war these days, here is the latest: the four-legged, wet-nosed troops used to sniff out mines, track down enemy fighters and clear buildings are struggling with the mental strains of combat nearly as much as their human counterparts.

via More Military Dogs Show Signs of Combat Stress – NYTimes.com.

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