How to Love and Care for a Dog With PTSD


                          Trauma and tragedy can happen to anyone, but when it happens to your pet it makes you feel lost and confused about how to care for them. It may never be factored in after adopting or owning a dog, but mental pressure and symptoms can occur, especially after a dog has experienced an intense moment in their lives. It can happen all of a sudden or when certain things trigger it.

                       Many Veterinarians have often called it PTSD. Though it may not be acknowledged in certain medical circles, PTSD is fairly new. This illness hitting war dogs especially hard and to those dogs who were neglected and abused. However, it can happen to even the happiest of dogs. There was a local resident in one town who had a dog that would be barking at every loud sound.

                   She concluded that after a large palm prong fell in her yard where her dog was sitting, it both startled him and shocked him. Now, he is getting talk therapy and supplements to help ease his fears. Although this may not be recommended for every dog all dogs are different. Lately, we have been hearing about soldiers with PTSD. It is like any mental disorder that can be managed with therapy, support from their loved ones, and medication.

                 Dogs that get this condition can still be worthy of family pets, but they need special love, care, and guidance. A good example of caring for a dog with PTSD is letting them play freely in a yard or smelling different places and people. By addressing these issues firsthand will make a dog with PTSD less vulnerable and stop being a helpless victim. Here are five tips:

  1. Change your voice- by making your voice soothing and calm will let a dog with PTSD calm themselves and feel safe.
  2. Playing on their time- Making playtime valuable and easy. Don’t pressure your dog to play immediately, allow them some time to get to know the scents, sounds, and actions.
  3. Develop a caring plan to calm them down- By always listening to your vet’s instructions will make it easy to care for your dog going through PTSD,
  4. Letting them rest- Many dogs do not need a lot of encouragement to play, including older dogs. Sometimes they just want to take it easy.
  5. Put music on- Sometimes dogs like to listen to soft music that will pull them into getting familiar with their new homes and it will make them less anxious.

With these tips and others online or in print, there will no doubt be a happier and satisfied pet. It may take some time, but allowing a certain amount of time may be all you need. As so many PTSD dog owners know, leaving with helpful advice and suggestions will help the owners embark on a new level with their dog. No telling when PTSD will be cured or even healed, but with today’s advancements it may lead to good news all around.