What is it about?
Despite significiant treatment advances, many military veterans continue to suffer from PTSD, suggesting a need for new inteventions. In this pilot trial, adopting a companion dog from a shelter helped reduce symptoms of PTSD and depression for most participants. These findings suggest that this is a promising approach that is worthy of further study.
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Why is it important?
PTSD is very common in military veterans and frequently disabling. Symptoms often persist despite standard treatments. The results of this pilot trial suggest that adopting a companion dog from a shelter can be a useful treatment supplement. Advantages of this intervention include that it is widely available and affordale for many veterans and also provides a home and companionship for previously homeless animals.
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This page is a summary of: Adopting a Companion Dog Helps Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a Pilot Randomized Trial, Society and Animals, May 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15685306-bja10089.
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