Army Dog Suffers PTSD

August 7th, 2010 - 7:03 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
dogAug 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) War has its after-effects, not only human but also animals suffer the same type of stress as any one else would guess. A two year old German shepherd Gina was taken to Iraq as she is a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog in the military. After returning to Colorado her behavior changed and the veterinarians said that she was suffering from a severe case of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). The playful and lively dog suffered from extreme nervousness and fear which made the veterinarians believe that she was showing all “signs” of PTSD.

The military officials said that after returning from the war, Gina would refuse to enter rooms and would avoid people everytime. The dog was assigned to an Army unit in Iraq and her job was to search explosives; at times the soldiers would use noisy grenades during their military operations and once Gina was hit by a bomb. These incidents had a negative impact on Gina and she started fearing everything she saw around. When she came back she was all messed up and did not want to see anybody. Nicolas Dodman, U.S. veterinarian said that PSTD in dogs is precisely the same as that happens with humans.

The military dog has been undergoing rehabilitation to get rid of her symptoms of PSTD. The veterinarians gradually introduced her to the noises of the military life and in friendly atmosphere among friendly people she overcame her fear. The dog was re-certified as a war dog on July 1 and assigned to domestic duty. Master Sgt. Eric Haynes said that Gina has resumed her work but she will be doing her dangerous duty like Iraq not before one year as the officials do not want to mess up everything that they have fixed recently.

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