Healthcast: Stress, burnout affects pets, too

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Your stress may be affecting your pooch.

Swedish researchers followed 58 dogs and their owners for a year. When cortisol levels were elevated in the owners, they were also elevated in their dogs, especially females.    

Personality also mattered.

Man’s best friend tended to be more stressed if their owner was more open and conscientious.

The scientists said the findings provide more evidence to support the strength of the bond between dogs and their humans.

If you are feeling stress constantly, you may want to see your doctor.

According to the World Health Organization, burnout is a form of work-induced stress.

Experts said while it is not a medical condition, you should still talk to your doctor about it.

According to the WHO, it is a “syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

Experts said you can protect yourself from burnout by recognizing the symptoms, taking some time off from work and consider changing jobs.

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