When your pet has PTSD

A Blog About Living With Complex PTSD

I was amazed to learn that animals can get PTSD. My husband and I learned this in 2007, when we adopted an Australian Red Heeler cattle dog from a no-kill animal rescue organization.

The woman who ran the rescue told us that Lady had been found abandoned, at a house where her owners had apparently moved away and left her. She said that had happened six months prior and that during those six months, Lady had been adopted, and brought back, “many, many times” because of her behavior issues. The rescue people were paying to board Lady at a kennel, because her behavior was too bad for her to stay in any of their animal foster homes.

Sounds like the perfect dog, right? Lol. My husband and I took her home that day, and soon we saw exactly what everyone else had been unable to live with. Lady had severe…

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