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A report by the U.S. Army came out stating that dogs that are used in combat in Iraq developed the symptoms of post-traumatic stress after returning to the United States.
Among these dogs (Gina), which was used in Iraq in the search for unexploded ordnance in homes with American soldiers and has been left with a significant impact on the psychological status.
...my dog was playing with a balloon when it was a puppy, it popped in its face and scared the living hell of it...it's been several years since that, and if you bring a balloon anywhere near my dog it is clearly freaked out, it will do anything to get away from the balloon...animals like dogs and cats clearly have a degree of sentience IMO.
There is some controversy over whether or not animals can actually have PTSD but Dr. Melanie Marsden, with The Pikes Peak Veterinarian Clinic, says it is possible for dogs to be traumatized.
Oh...so it's alright for humans to go to war and come back with PTSD...but when it's an animal, oh dear lord, we better get on top of that quick smart. Reminds me of a joke I heard once:
I hope PETA gets on top of this.
Originally posted by CHA0S
my dog was playing with a balloon when it was a puppy, it popped in its face and scared the living hell of it...it's been several years since that, and if you bring a balloon anywhere near my dog it is clearly freaked out, it will do anything to get away from the balloon...animals like dogs and cats clearly have a degree of sentience IMO.
Originally posted by DEEZNUTZ
The navy also used dolphins to sweep the Basra Harbour during the start of the war. They flew them into Basra from a facility in Kuwait. Can you imagine the kind of stress they were under.
I wish I had a huge amount of land and money. I would take them all and turn it into dog heaven for them. Fire Hydrants everywhere, dirt and stuff to roll around in, toilets to drink out of everywhere...you know dog paradise.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
Studies have shown that many dogs experience the same (or similar) emotions as we do.
Anybody who has lived with a dog knows this.
I'm sorry to hear this, I didn't know it was going on. I'm definitely opposed, and find it to be animal cruelty.
There are many things dogs can do for us humans, and have for centuries. But to knowingly and willfully put them in harms way in this manner....in a war.....is unacceptable.