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With the ever-increasing financial challenges faced by pet owners, demands on time which may impact work/life balance, as well as owners living with animals that have problem behaviours – these factors and more can lead to chronic stress – the precursor for burnout.
Burnout is also incredibly common with those working with animals such as vets and veterinary staff, animal rescues, trainers, behaviourists, carers, walkers and more. Common contributory factors can include compassion fatigue, caring for animals then subsequently euthanising these, and concern about job security.
As many of our pets share similar brain structures to ourselves, it follows that the consequences that prolonged stress has on our brains, bodies and subsequent behaviour, is likely to be the same for our animal friends too. See my infographic below for some factoids on this.