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Pet owners to spend £900m this Christmas

Some 75% of pets in the UK will receive their own Christmas present this year, according to a recent survey of pet owners published by Cox and Cox.

The survey revealed that pet owners spend an average of £25 per animal on Christmas treats and gifts.

This equates to a collective £900m spent on the UK’s 51 million pets over the festive period.

Dogs were the most favourable gift recipient, with 82% of dogs receiving a present with an average spend of £29.

Reptiles were least likely to receive a gift, with only 12% receiving gifts at an average value of £5.

Millennials (25-34) were most likely to spend the most amount of money on their pets, spending an average of £38.11 on pet gifts this Christmas. 

Pet owners over 65 years old said they would spend an average of £11 on their pets. 

As well as pet gifts, 56% of pets will reportedly be given a “special Christmas dinner” by their owners this year, whilst 21% of pet owners said they would allow their pet to eat Christmas dinner with them at the table. 

Rhiann Hobbs, from animal health company, said: “Understandably, pet owners will want to treat their animals over the festive period. 

“However, it’s important to remember that their welfare is the number one priority.”

 She added: “Just like us humans, dogs can only handle indulgent, fatty foods in moderation. So, if you’re considering letting your pet share your Christmas dinner, stick to lean, boneless meats and avoid giving them any sweets and glazed vegetables. 

“That way, you can give your dog a well-deserved treat without putting their health and well-being at risk.”

Jacqui Whitewick, from Cox and Cox, said: “Our pets are part of our family, so of course we want them to enjoy Christmas Day with us. As long as we’re responsible with their Christmas meals and only buy them pet friendly presents, Christmas is as good a time as any to indulge your pet.”

She added: “Why not get them something they can enjoy all year round though, like a comfortable new bed to curl up in, or a new collar and lead?”

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