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Are you surprised to learn that dogs, like humans, can suffer from PTSD?

L.A. Times 2012/11/26 15:26:51
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Not long after a Belgian Malinois named Cora went off to war, she earned a reputation for sniffing out the buried bombs that were the enemy's weapon of choice to kill or maim U.S. troops.

But after months in Iraq and dozens of combat patrols, Cora changed. The transformation was not the result of one traumatic moment, but possibly the accumulation of stress and uncertainty brought on by the sharp sounds, high emotion and ever-present death in a war zone.

For more about Cora, check out the original article at the The L.A. Times.

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  • Rave 2012/11/26 16:59:02 (edited)
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    Rave
    +11
    This isn't new news.



    Dogs, just like humans, can have all kinds of mental disorders. Depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer, ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD and Separation anxiety are common ones in dogs too.


    Many dogs literally develop very intense panic attacks when away from their family, this is an instinct which is believed to have originated from their ancestors, as in the wild, group animals such as wolves have little chance of survival without their group.


    Dogs also often develop irrational phobias, and they can also be sociopaths without empathy to towards others. They can have anger issues too leading to excessive aggression.


    Some dogs also develop eating disorders, which lead to rapid weight loss or gain.

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  • Mya Faire 2012/11/28 18:52:54
    No
    Mya Faire
    Of course I'm not surprised. Animals have emotions too. Perhaps not as complicated as humans, but anyone who's ever had an animal companion knows that they have feelings too.

    Poor animals. They did not enlist to fight mankind's wars, yet they suffer the consequences. I guess the draft is still in effect for dogs.
  • Paul V. Tupointeau 2012/11/28 18:33:27
    No
    Paul V. Tupointeau
    I think my mother's dog has it since being attacked by a bigger dog.
  • MissNovemberTuesday 2012/11/28 14:05:44
    No
    MissNovemberTuesday
    +1
    How is this news? Look @ any poor dog who has been mistreated and watch then flinch as someone puts a hand up to pet them and you can see how deeply affected they are. It should not take a study or a bunch of experts to understand this. Anything traumatic will affect them, same as us, same as other animals.
  • 001 2012/11/28 12:44:16
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    001
    +1
    They have an emotional memory just like us humans, and like many other animals. It's really not surprising to me that they can suffer from mental / emotional ilnesses.
  • rebeccasrevenge 2012/11/28 07:14:28
    Yes
    rebeccasrevenge
    +2
    We really shouldn't subject an innocent animal to our unfathomable stupidity that is of our own choosing, To err is human,to forgive: canine
  • S. Gompers 2012/11/28 07:11:04
    No
    S. Gompers
    +1
    I saw this in a cadaver dog.
  • Vitalani 2012/11/28 05:18:35 (edited)
    No
    Vitalani
    +1
    Dogs think more like humans than any other animal, even chimps. So no, this does not surprise me.

    This has actually been known for quite some time. The S&R; dogs used after the 9/11 attacks were given a fake run at the end of each day where a fake civilian was planted amongst the rubble just so they didn't suffer as much emotional trauma.
  • C4TSMILEY 2012/11/28 04:33:27
    No
    C4TSMILEY
    Poor doggy :(
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/11/28 03:59:15
    No
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    My dog used to be terrified of larger dogs, but I used Cesar Millan's methods and now she's cool with them.

    dog whisperer
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/11/28 03:40:01
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    They remember things as good as a human,especially explosions
  • strawberry 2012/11/28 02:50:22
    No
    strawberry
    +1
    Not surprised at all. Animals suffer a long time from being physically and emotionally traumatized. Certain innocent acts toward them can trigger a negative response from such dogs.
  • jack_kazim 2012/11/28 00:15:24
  • Nonpartisan 2012/11/27 23:16:05
    No
    Nonpartisan
    +1
    My cat got PTSD many years ago when a pack of coyotes tried to eat her. She is 20 years old and still does not like to be outside unless I am near. She used to live outside. Before the coyotes chased and attacked her she was outside most of the time.
  • MissNov... Nonpart... 2012/11/28 14:07:42
    MissNovemberTuesday
    Poor baby. I am glad you have been able to have her in your life so long. We have never had a cat live past 20. I wish you the best and hope she is well.
  • Aingean 2012/11/27 22:45:11
    No
    Aingean
    +1
    Dogs are very sensitive. One of my girls, Yana lost all her pups and she is going through sever depression.
  • the jud... Aingean 2012/11/28 03:41:06
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Bummer Hope she gets better
  • Aingean the jud... 2012/11/28 18:23:52
    Aingean
    Me too. She is a good momma, even moms my son :)
  • Raised By Wolves 2012/11/27 20:55:59
    No
    Raised By Wolves
    +3
    I adopted a dog with this..Boo <3 dog with PTSD
  • Aingean Raised ... 2012/11/27 22:46:07
    Aingean
    Oh so sweet, look at those paws, is he full grown? If not he is going to be biiiig
  • Raised ... Aingean 2012/11/27 23:25:43
    Raised By Wolves
    He still has some more to grow xD
  • Aingean Raised ... 2012/11/28 18:25:55
    Aingean
    +1
    All I have is German Shepherds they are awesome. He sure is cute hope he isn't like ours, I swear they were all vacuums in a past life lol.
  • Raised ... Aingean 2012/11/28 20:19:57
    Raised By Wolves
    +1
    He's actually very picky and it's surprising that he hasn't taken after my other dogs xD picky surprising dogs xd dogs begging for food
  • Aingean Raised ... 2012/11/28 21:53:43
    Aingean
    +1
    Oh my goodness! They are adorable.
  • Raised ... Aingean 2012/11/29 00:57:01
    Raised By Wolves
    haha yup :)
  • Aingean Raised ... 2012/11/29 01:04:06
    Aingean
    +1
    A few of my babies
    Nala and Shultz echo Smoke
  • Raised ... Aingean 2012/11/29 02:25:41
    Raised By Wolves
    +1
    Beautiful! I love the white one :)
  • the jud... Aingean 2012/11/30 00:27:52
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    I love German Shepherds. Only one gripe.They shed too much.Loved My Rocko {1985-1999} a SPCA Pup.He was Lab Shepherd.great Dog but the shedding all over the carpet.But I am partial to the Other German. Dachsunds
  • Aingean the jud... 2012/11/30 15:57:54
    Aingean
    Most of the do shed a lot, out of our 6 though our oldest male sheds the most our eldest girl barely sheds she has a cat attitude I think she is just to darn prissy to do something so undignified. lol Awe they are cute.
  • the jud... Raised ... 2012/11/28 03:42:14
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    If I could get a place with a big backyard,I will adopt one of these dogs.I like Shephards & Labs.
  • Mel 2012/11/27 20:12:45
    Yes
    Mel
    +1
    Sure I've seen the dog whisperer talk about it on his show.
  • chamchamgal 2012/11/27 19:56:43
    No
    chamchamgal
  • User Deactivated 2012/11/27 19:56:36
    No
    User Deactivated
    I've seen plenty of PTSD Dogs.
  • Diddley Squat 2012/11/27 19:41:24
    No
    Diddley Squat
    I am not at all surprised.My friend's dog has a fit every time he's left alone. Some kind of anxiety there.

    Dogs are complex just like we are.
  • Black-Indian Girl 2012/11/27 18:54:09
    No
    Black-Indian Girl
    Many species of animals, including dogs, can become withdrawn, fearful, abnormally aggressive, or develop physical/mental health problems, especially as a response to trauma.
  • messenger 2012/11/27 18:38:22
    No
    messenger
    +1
    Dogs suffer the same emotions we do
  • JuliaLoren 2012/11/27 18:30:48
    No
    JuliaLoren
    +1
    humans are animals too, we need to treat our furry companions with just as much respect as we would a human, especially when it comes to medical care! They suffer just as we do, sometimes even worse because they probably don't understand why they feel the way they do!
  • Steelshrt 2012/11/27 18:29:51
    No
    Steelshrt
    +1
    I have seen it in Scout Dogs. I remember one had to be shot when it wouldn' let anyone get close to it's handler's body. One of the saddest moments that will always be with me.
  • overdog001 2012/11/27 18:28:07
    No
    overdog001
    All sensing creatures can get shell shock. Even plants react to trauma. Proven. Measurable. Repeatable. Science.
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2012/11/27 18:23:38
  • Shifting Piece 2012/11/27 18:18:33
    No
    Shifting Piece
    +1
    Dogs are smart--they respond to many things like us humans do.

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