Dog ate my melt­down

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

ANX­IOUS dog own­ers fear they are pass­ing on their health prob­lems to their pets.

Two in five own­ers be­lieve their dog has de­vel­oped such con­di­tions as stress, de­pres­sion and ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der in the past year.

One in seven say they are guilty of mak­ing their pets suf­fer the same stress that blights their own life.

And one in 10 feel they have passed on de­pres­sion to their dog.

Some be­lieve they also ef­fec­tively pass on obe­sity and heart dis­ease, a Direct Line Pet In­sur­ance sur­vey of more than 1000 dog own­ers found.

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