Canine PTSD

A recent story on CBS news featured something we don’t often associate as one of the prices we pay for war, canine PTSD. Dogs that are used in sniffing landmines and participate in combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found to be suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome). Suddenly their behavior becomes different, they retreat, go the other way, can’t stand to be touched, don’t respond as before. In those cases where they can be rehabilitated, just like people with love, time and patience, they do get better. Aside from a touching animal story, the item is a powerful reminder of what we overlook about dogs and surely other animals. It reminds us of how much they can suffer, of the depth of consciousness they possess which we often ignore and in how many circumstances they are no different than humans.