Post traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety that is caused after some kind of accident or abuse. As it can happen to humans it can most certainly happen to dogs too. Car accidents, physical abuse, negative engagement with other dogs, or even natural disasters are all examples of trauma that can cause distress to our canine friends.
What are the signs or symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of PTSD are very similar to that of separation anxiety and it can be as follows:
- Destruction of things like furniture
- Isolation from play and interaction
- Extreme reactions towards events or people
How can PTSD be treated?
It is definite that PTSD in dogs is a new concept that not all people are familiar with. If by any chance you believe that your dog has PTSD due to a recent terrible event, you should immediately book an appointment with your vet for the dog to be assessed.
Treatment can be as follows
- Most of the time a dog will need training to modify the behavior, this training can be conducted by the owner after instructions from a professional behaviorist.
- Some dogs with extreme PTSD will need to be prescribed medication that would help them relax.
- Dogs with PTSD need more care and engagement with their owner than normal dogs.
Most cases of PTSD has happen due to war and natural crises, yet there are still cases reported due to abuse, accidents, or even after a big fight with another dog too.
Read also more on handling dog depression.
Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: The Huffington Post , Integrative Veterinary Care , Cesar’s Way