Now that military dogs are taking on a larger role in combat, they're also taking on more of the risks that come with going to war, including developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
The New York Times reports that more than 5 percent of the approximately 650 deployed military dogs are developing some form of canine PTSD. While the diagnosis is still being debated, some veterinarians are prescribing agressive treatment plans, which can include Xanax or other anti-anxiety drugs.
"It really is difficult, because once the dog experiences these traumatic explosions, it's the same as the troops," Army Lt. Col. Richard A. Vargus, chief of the law enforcement branch at CENTCOM told the Military Times in September. "Some dogs move right through it and it doesn't affect them. (Read more...)