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Is your dog depressed? Your smartphone habit could be to blame

October 02, 2018 - 11:02 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- If you're worried that too much social media scrolling might be killing your mood, you're not alone. It might be hurting your best friend too.

Veterinary expert Iain Booth says humans who spend a lot of time staring at screens might be alienating their dogs.

“A dog is a social creature, a pack animal and to the dog you are the bona fide leader of the pack,” explained Booth. “You administer every facet of its life, you collect, you feed, you show it where it’s allowed to go and you, hopefully, nurture its development.”

Animal experts told CBS2 that attention seeking animals can become easily confused if their owners are too busy scrolling.

“Dogs do read body language. They read our eye contact. They read our facial expressions, so if we are on our phone and acting disinterested, and they’re looking for attention it basically is annoying your dog,” said Queens Village veterinarian Dr. Alexander Collada.

Experts say cats can be affected, but the impact will be more noticable in dogs which are better at reading social cues.

Lack of interaction could lead to canine depression -- warning signs include lackof interest in food, excessively licking or chewing paws, sleeping more, and hiding from or avoiding an owner.