Dogs have always been able to act as more than mere pets to us. They are trained to lead the blind. Their presence alone can calm or diminish anxiety altogether. And, for many of us, they tend to feel more like family members than family pets. So it is only natural that our faithful pups are seen as the go-to treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans.
Assistant Professor Margeuerite O’Haire of Purdue University is leading research to conclude whether or not specially trained canines can really, truly, help post-war veterans emotionally. Service dogs have already been deployed, so to speak, to assist veterans who have been physically injured, so there is good reason to suggest that they do a lot for the mental state of veterans as well.
Among the issues that these sort of service dogs could help with are:
– Quality of life
– Social / Relationship issues
The study focuses on how the companionship of these service dogs affect the overall stress and personalities of veterans. Such trained dogs can provide veterans with PTSD a wakeup bark from nightmares and keep them “protected” in large crowds. But the promise of such service from our canine friends really comes as no surprise, since dogs have long been associated with love and companionship.
They bring love and happiness into our lives and it is only fitting that they are able to bring that same kind of unconditional devotion to heroes in need.
For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Army
I’m sure most of you are aware via the media that there is a Canine Influenza Virus ( CIV ) in Chicago. Currently there are roughly 83 cases in Chicago. It’s a highly contagious virus with symptoms that can mimic other, more benign respiratory infections. CIV is a virus similar to the flu in humans. If CIV is quickly diagnosed and treated, with proper veterinary care your dog will not develop secondary complications such as pneumonia. Good news is that there are no known cases of CIV in Northeastern Ohio.
Signs of CIV can include:
- A dry hacking cough
- Coughing up white, foamy phlegm
- Lack of appetite
- Runny nose
- Rapid breathing
Please be assured that DogTropolis is being vigilant as always with regards to providing a clean, healthy and safe environment for your dog. We have not seen any dogs at Dogtropolis who have exhibited signs of CIV. We continue to be a well-respected daycare/boarding facility in the area due to our strong commitment to caring and loving your dog as if it were our own. As part of commitment to our clients, we are not accepting any dogs that are from the Chicago area or dogs that are traveling to/from the Chicago area. In addition, we continue to keep the DogTropolis facility an extremely clean, healthy environment for your dog, not only by being strict on vaccination records but by also aggressively cleaning the facility daily with canine disinfectant products that kill various bacteria and viruses that may be found in kennel facilities and vet clinics.
As most of you know, I started DogTropolis for my two dogs, Wally & Dexter 12 years ago. I wanted somewhere my two boys could go for exercise, companionship and love while I was at work or play; and also a place that I knew would treat them properly, not only by providing them with safe and supervised group dog play but also by providing them a clean and healthy environment. I’m certain we provide all of this at DogTropolis for our clients.
Please feel free to ask me in person or contact me via email/phone should you ever have any concerns, as I am always available to speak with you.