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  • Writer's pictureValerie King


Updated: Feb 10, 2020

For veterans managing medications for PTSD or associated psychological issues, here is a medication you will love --although it is habit forming. A recent study conducted by Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine compared veterans diagnosed with PTSD that have a service dog with veterans diagnosed with PTSD that do not have a service dog. The veterans with service dogs were found to have higher levels of cortisol in their systems in the morning than those without a service dog. High levels of cortisol in the morning is a marker for healthy adults without PTSD. The findings supported previous findings indicating the presence of a service dog in the home of PTSD patients contributes to less stress and anxiety and a better overall quality of life.

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