LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A group of veterinarians in Britain say pet owners must pay close attention to their animals to ensure they don't suffer from stress during troubling times.
Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals officials said when pet owners are undergoing divorces or other emotional events, the stress endured by their animals can be overlooked, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
Sean Wensley, a senior veterinarian with the group, said during those moments of emotional upheaval, owners must pay close attention for signs of pet stress.
"We see cats and dogs with compulsive disorders that have been caused or aggravated by the anxiety associated with owners breaking up," he said.
"Cats and dogs, like young children, are sensitive to adult human emotions, and when these become tense or unpredictable this can cause stress-related health problems in our pets."
Among the warning signs of stress in dogs are excessive licking and repeatedly chasing their own tail, the Telegraph reported.