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VA Studies Benefits of Service Dogs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD

VA Studies Benefits of Service Dogs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD

One vet who has a found of anecdotal evidence is Russel Keyser, currently living at a veteran’s home in New York. He still suffers from violent nightmares from his time in Kosovo.

But his sidekick Artemis has reduced those nightmares, as well as debilitating anxiety and mood swings. His dog is a Belgian Malinois that provides comfort and protection when the PTSD kicks in.

Ask a vet with a service dog and he’ll tell you story after story about how his companion has helped him through depression and anxiety and back to a more normal life.

But according to the Veteran’s Administration, that’s just anecdotal evidence. They want scientific proof. And without it, they have no intention of putting money into supporting service dogs for vets with post traumatic stress disorder. 

Essential for a Functional Life 

One vet who has a found of anecdotal evidence is Russel Keyser, currently living at a veteran’s home in New York. He still suffers from violent nightmares from his time in Kosovo.

But his sidekick Artemis has reduced those nightmares, as well as debilitating anxiety and mood swings. His dog is a Belgian Malinois that provides comfort and protection when the PTSD kicks in.

Keyser reports that Artemis nibbles his fingers when he becomes anxious. If he has a nightmare, the dog licks his face. If he becomes overwhelmed, she jumps on him and grabs his hand, telling him to move on.

Without Artemis, Keyser says, he wouldn’t be able to get out into public places, where he can find the help he needs. Until the dog came into his life, he was unable to go out into public areas to get treatment.

An Expensive Necessity 

Artemis came to Keyser by way of Paws of War, a nonprofit that rescued the dog and trained her to work with PTSD sufferers. The charity provided the dog and also helps with veterinary expenses.

Owning any dog isn’t cheap. A support dog is just plain expensive. Training one takes time and expert resources. Once the vet is paired with the dog, it needs quality food and regular veterinary care. For a vet with minimal income, it can be impossible. 

Getting the VA to Help 

The Veteran’s Administration is not against dogs helping vets. In fact, they currently provide financial help to provide support dogs for vets with problems seeing, moving around and hearing.

Meanwhile, vets like Keyser depend on their service dogs to function. As he said, “How it works, I don’t know. I don’t care.” He just knows that with Artemis, a functioning life is possible.

Register Your Support Dog 

USA Service Dog Registration understands how important support dogs, as well as therapy and emotional support animals, are to their people. That’s why they have a simple, 3-step process so people can register their dogs. And it’s free! 

Their website offers a variety of helpful information for dog owners and people interested in getting one. They have pages for service dogstherapy dogs and emotional support animals.

The site offers resources explaining where service dogs are permitted, types of conditions they help with, airline requirements, trainers, housing laws and more.

They also have an online store with a range of useful products, including ID tags, patches, vests, collars and leads.

Visit USA Service Dog Registration today to register your dog and to find the information you need about your service dog.

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