Burns said that the new figures could prompt fears that animal lovers may be “forced to give up their dogs as the recent cost-of-living crisis starts to set in”.
The survey has revealed that pet owners’ current monthly spending on their dogs includes £50 on food, £35 on insurance and £32 on dog walkers and doggy day-care. Experts are warning that these figures could easily rise by at least 10% before the end of the year as inflation and the war in Ukraine pushes up the cost of raw materials and transport.
He said: “Poor-quality pet food is often packed with bulking agents that have no nutritional benefit at all. Better quality dog food can often work out just as cost-effective because it is packed with nutrition and the animal needs less of it.”