Friday, December 2, 2011

More Army Dogs Showing Signs of PTSD

Dogs from the military are showing signs of PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder. Post traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a traumatic experience, and may result in death.
Military dogs are used to detect improvised explosive devices, homemade roadside bombs.PTSD usually happens in dogs when they are exposed to gunfire and bombs. Most military dogs are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador retrievers.

PTSD causes change in dogs' attitude, causing the dogs to become strangely aggressive with their owners, or they become too clingy and shy. In 2001 there were 1,800b military, but in 2011 there were around 2,700 military dogs. Fortunately, from 2005, only a little more than 50 dogs have died.

To learn more about the military dogs click here.
To learn more about PTSD click here.

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