Did you know dogs can also suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? PTSD is a newly adopted concept that veterinarians are still discussing upon, but it is certain that many military dogs will suffer from this reality after their service.
Here are some signs to watch out for whether you have adopted a retired military working dog or just your normal canine companion at home.
1) If dog reacting to situations more emotionally than usual? Perhaps they are not responding the way other dogs around them.
2) Does your furry companion seem depressed and inactive. Perhaps there is a change in appetite and even sleep habits.
So what happens now?
The treatment of dogs with PTSD is usually delegated by a animal behaviourist. They will look at options such as counter-conditioning, basic training and even behavioural exercises that you are able to do with them at home.
To some extent your furry friend might even need prescription anxiety medicine, food therapy, herb therapy or over the counter pheromone supplements. The majority of PTSD patients can be treated after some TLC so please make sure have an allocated amount of time to spend with your four legged friend everyday. Even if it is only 5 minutes , you are the only one they have in their lives.
Take your dog to the nearest veterinarian as soon as you suspect a change in your dog’s behaviour and attitude. it is better to seek the help of a trained professional for these complex and behavioural issues to ensure that the dog is fully recovered to its pre-trauma state.