December 2, 2011

犬も戦争でPTSD:War Dog Suffers From PTSD

By some estimates, more than 5 percent of the approximately 650 military dogs deployed by American combat forces are developing canine PTSD. アメリカの戦闘部隊が徴用する軍用犬約650匹のうち5%以上がPTSDという推計もある。- New York Times
Canin PTSD was also observed in Japan after Tsunami and Earthquake. The symptoms seem to be pretty similar.;

War dogs in US Army (source: NYT)

  • Being hyper-vigilant
  • Avoid buildings or work areas they used to be comfortable in
  • Sharp changes in temperament; e.g. being unusually aggressive to handlers, clingy, timid
  • Stop doing the taskes

Dogs in Japan after quake (source:dog actually)

  • Being afraid of any sound
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite.  In extreme cases, dogs simply stop eating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble calming down
  • Start showing aggression on little things
  • Shivering while staying alone
  • Being clingy; following owners all the time
  • Separation anxiety. Panic at the idea of being left home alone and resort to urinating

The difference is that the military dogs didn't choose to go to war. Sad.



  • 警戒心が過剰になる
  • 前は平気だった建物・作業場を、急に避けるようになる
  • 気分が急にかわる。例)攻撃的になったり、くっついて離れない、臆病
  • 訓練された任務を急にやらなくなる
  • 前は吠えなかった銃声に、狂ったように吠える
  • アフガン兵から逃げる


犬のPTSD対策 | dog actually
Dog in Japan stays by the side of ailing friend(via Most Shared Articles on Facebook in 2011)




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