Petidote of the Day 2012-08-31
Dogs are helping veterans with PTSD heal more effectively than medication.
Veterans, of course, aren't the only people suffering from PTSD. Anyone who has experienced an event that was traumatic for that person -- very much a subjective definition -- can end up with PTSD, and it can be challenging to treat.
I'm not surprised that dogs, known for their eagerness to please people almost as much as for their unconditional love, work better than drugs. There are dozens of studies demonstrating the profound health benefits of companion animals (dogs and cats!), including everything from improving heart disease markers to helping with emotional distress. More than makes up for all the lint rollers you have buy over the years.