Not Just for Soliders: War Dogs Prone to PTSD
This year has been quite a ride for dogs that serve in the armed forces.
There were plenty of stories of hero military dogs that gave their lives to protect their masters in wars, but also dogs that helped the veteran men and women as emotional service animals, especially from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
But did you know, war dogs ALSO get PTSD?
By some estimates, more than 5 percent of the approximately 650 military dogs deployed by American combat forces are developing canine PTSD. Of those, about half are likely to be retired from service, Dr. Burghardt said.
But good news is that PTSD in dogs, just like PTSD in humans, CAN be treated.
Thank goodness for these good hearted people who won’t abandon these beautiful creatures who will not abandon us.
Here are some more recent pictures of war dogs with their handlers.