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View Diary: 18 August 2013 PTSD News Roundup: Therapy Dogs, TV tropes, homelessness, race, & the Little Big Horn (17 comments)

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  •  I've looked for studies (0+ / 0-)

    on service/assistance dogs + PTSD, and therapy dogs + PTSD. I hear your frustration: studies are expensive and funding is hard to find. I haven't disparaged service or therapy dogs. I've simply said, quite honestly, that empirical evidence that they relieve PTSD symptoms does not currently exist.  I've also pointed out that we don't know if there are negative effects of using service or therapy dogs to treat mental health problems.

    I'm sorry if articles like this are misused to block service/therapy dog entry into public place. But I think you're off-base.  First, it's me and not "DKOS" that wrote this post.  Second, it's unfair to expect me to affirm the effectiveness of treatments that aren't yet determined to be effective. While the usefulness of service dogs has been established for a range of other disabilities, that is not yet the case for mental health.  Saying so is not denying your rights.

    Do I personally think the idea of service dogs and therapy dogs is a good one?  Yes.  Do I think they should be widely distributed to large numbers of vets without studies that ensure both vets and dogs will benefit from the arrangement? No, I don't.  If there is any way I can assist you in your search for research funding, I would be happy to offer my support.

    "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

    by hepshiba on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 05:23:10 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe you should talk to people who have them (0+ / 0-)

      and find out. There are several of us on DKOS who have assistance dogs, and many others who know people who do. Yes, it's empiricle evidence, but that's all you're going to find. What doesn't exist is scientific double blind studies, and you're unlikely to get any. Assistance dogs aren't funded by insurance companies or big lobbies that fund those things. Empiricle evidence will have to be enough.

      Dogs, by the way, almost always benefit from the arrangement. They love to work. It's very good for them and some breeds in particular are happier with a job than without them. The dogs are loved, cared for, have a job, are relied on, and treated much better than many pets.  As to the vets, yes, the death or loss of an animal can be hard, but that's true of pets as well. Are you saying Vets shouldn't have pets, or kids, or families or friends that could die before them because it may set off PTSD attacks and/or depression? I think you are setting your standards for approval way too high. It's common knowledge that pets are soothing and helpful for people with a variety of health conditions, including depression and PTSD. Assistance dogs are trained to actively make their partner's life better.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 05:38:55 PM PDT

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      •  Sure, I'd be happy to talk to people (0+ / 0-)

        who have them.  A small scale study might not be that expensive, if it was survey-based. Double blind would not be possible, because of course people are going to know if they have trained service dogs or not.  But setting up a survey-based study that compares those who have service dogs to those who simply have dogs as pets and those who don't have dogs at all might not be prohibitive, and would be very useful for making a case for the dogs if it showed positive results over time.

        And of course I'm not saying vets shouldn't have dogs. The question is not whether they should or shouldn't have them, but whether they actually provide the benefits that are claimed for them.

        "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

        by hepshiba on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 07:14:33 PM PDT

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