UK dog and cat owners are spending approximately \u00a311.6 billion annually on gifts, special diets and activities for their pets, found\u00a0 Asda Pet Insurance.\r\n\r\nAsda revealed that British dog and cat owners spend an average of \u00a3495 a year on activities and gifts for their pets. Over the past 12 months this totals to approximately \u00a311.6 billion.\r\n\r\nThe single biggest spend is on trips to the vet (\u00a3150 per year). Other significant expenditures include special diets (\u00a358 per year), grooming treatments (\u00a343 per year) and even holidays (\u00a341 per year).\r\nHigh spending pet parents\r\nPet owners in London spend the most on average each year by far (\u00a31,284) while those in Wales forked out the least out of all the UK cities (\u00a3292).\r\n\r\nAccording to the study, IT professionals were found to splash on average \u00a31,752 a year to look after their cats and dogs, over three times the national average. In contrast, those working in retail and healthcare are the most frugal with their pampering, spending just \u00a3338 and \u00a3356 a year respectively.\r\n\r\nOccupation was also revealed to be a pivotal differentiating factor when it comes to choice in breed, especially amongst dogs. Asda found that healthcare professionals are most likely to favour Spaniels over other breeds of dog. Those working in education meanwhile were most likely to own Retrievers. Finally, manufacturing and construction workers were most likely to be owners of Terriers.\r\n\r\nAlistair Ball, head of insurance, Asda Money commented: \u201cOur research shows that we are a nation of pet lovers and when it comes to taking care of them we are willing to go above and beyond, showing just how important our furry friends are. At Asda Money, we want pet owners feel safe in the knowledge that they are protected at all times.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe study was based on research of\u00a02,004 nationally representative UK adults (aged 18+) conducted by Opinium Research for Asda from 7th\u00a0 to 10th April 2017.