How a PTSD assistance dog changed veteran Kerry’s life

PPCT funding supports PTSD sufferers

service dogs uk assistance spaniel bert with ptsd sufferer kerry

An assistance dog trained and provided by Service Dogs UK has changed the life of a woman suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

service dogs uk logoAssistance dog, Bert, first went home with veteran, Kerry, in August but she says it feels like he’s been with her for far longer.

Service Dogs UK completely understood everything I was going through. Bert has changed everything for me and my family.”

Although desperate for help, Kerry was initially sceptical that a dog would be able to make a real difference: “Little did I know the huge impact it has,” she says.

Service Dogs UK was set up in 2015 by Garry Botterill and Judith Broug. Petplan Charitable Trust has supported the charity from its earliest days with grants totalling £25,000. The charity works with PTSD sufferers from the Armed Forces and Emergency Services (including Coast Guard, RNLI and UKSAR). The dogs are all carefully selected rescue dogs trained specifically for key PTSD symptoms including nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety and medication reminders. These four-legged friends bring new hope to veterans who have often struggled to find a solution that works for them.

Tangible benefits include reduced anxiety and lower blood pressure, a decrease in the amount of pain medications needed,  a decrease in depression and an increase in a positive sense of purpose.

Find out more about Service Dogs UK and Kerry’s story, here.

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