Online searches for “dog treats” has reached an all-time high in the UK, according to newly released Google search data.
The search data analysis, commissioned by a dog-friendly holiday park in Devon, has revealed that searches for dog treats rose 82% year-on-year in December.
The data also showed that Plymouth is the city where online searches for dog treats have been the highest since publicly available records began, followed by Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cardiff, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh and then Birmingham.
Alongside the new research, dog owners were urged to be mindful of not unwittingly overfeeding and under exercising their pets during lockdown restrictions.
According to animal welfare charity Blue Cross, a dog being overweight can have long term health consequences, meaning that owners should avoid overfeeding their dogs and ensure that they take them out for regular walks and exercise.
The Blue Cross website also suggested that studies have shown that overweight dogs do not live as long and are more prone to illnesses that spoil their quality of life, such as arthritis, breathing difficulties, heart problems and diabetes.