When we hear the sounds of a Tornado Warning, we know what it means. Hopefully we have a plan in place to get our family together quickly and in a safe location. However, our pets don’t know what is happening and it can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Absolutely they can have PTSD. Certain events in dogs lives can affect them for the rest of their lives” said Certified Dog Trainer Valerie Fry.READ MORE: Driver Fatally Shoots Houston-Area Deputy Before Fleeing
Your veterinarian can diagnose your pet and help you find a good trainer, or in some cases medication.
“Sometimes medication is needed, meaning Prozac or Xanax. Truthfully those are really safe medications, they help a lot of that unwanted behavior” said Dr. Josh Cope of the Premiere Vet Care Animal Clinic in Rowlett.READ MORE: Mesquite Police Investigating Murder Of Teen Initially Believed To Be Motor Accident
JD Ryan is exploring PTSD in pets following the Christmas tornadoes in Your Hometown.
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