Half of dog owners planning special Christmas dinner for pets

Thursday, 22nd December 2011

Around half of the dogs in the UK are set to get special dog food on Christmas day, a survey has revealed.

Research by Direct Line also found that nine out of ten owners are planning to give their dogs pet toys for Christmas, with the average person spending around £10.

Adam Whiteley, head of pet insurance at Direct Line, said: "Dog owners going to the trouble of cooking a special Christmas dinner for their best furry friend are clearly doing so out of love and festive spirit.

"It's worth remembering that there are a few things dogs shouldn't eat at all ... Chocolate, raisins, onions, and added salt should all be avoided, as should sharp or small bones."

The survey showed that the most popular gift for dogs was toys, with other presents such as leads and clothes also featuring on the list.

Ryan O’Meara, editor of K9 magazine, said that the survey shows how dogs are now thought of as full members of the family and that owners take the relationship very seriously.