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PTSD Veteran and Dog With Anxiety Heal Together

George, Bobby and Patricia

Coping with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) since the Vietnam War, and more recently with the death of a beloved pet, an Army veteran finds mutual healing with a shelter dog beset by separation anxiety. Army strong for nearly 20 years George decided to enlist in the Army when the draft started for the Vietnam War. He was a combat enginee... more

Preparing Your Home and Family for an Adopted Pet

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You've done your research, budgeted for a new pet, visited animal shelters, found the perfect pet — and now you're ready to bring your adopted pet home. However, your job as a pet parent is just beginning. You need to prepare your home and family to help minimize your pet's stress and make it easier for him to adjust to his new life. Like chil... more

Three-Strike Dog Makes Home Run with Navy Veteran

Gail and Meli

Meli was a shelter dog with three strikes against her who scored a definite home run when she was adopted by a retired Navy veteran in Virginia. For her entire life Gail always had pets. Growing up in Fayetteville, New York it was "at least two dogs at all times," yet it took four years from the death of her last dog in 2010 for the retired Nav... more

Study: Pets Help Kids with Deployed Parents Cope with Stress

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A newly published study finds that military children with a deployed parent who have a close relationship with a pet cope better with stress than those who do not.  The study, released by Tufts University Oct. 29, examined through an online survey of 300 middle and high school students from military families who were involved in programs with t... more

Military Veterinary Facilities Suspend Most Surgeries for Pets

Army Capt. Danielle M. Diamond performs spay surgery on Miss Dusty, a German shepherd, on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the Cherry Point Veterinary Treatment Facility, N.C.. (Samuel A. Nasso/U.S. Marines)

NEWMARKET, England — Military veterinary clinics around the world are scaling back the services they offer for privately owned pets in an effort to save money. U.S. Army Public Health Command, which oversees veterinary treatment facilities at all military installations, temporarily suspended in mid-October almost all procedures involvin... more

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