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Monday, December 16, 2013
Over 30pc of EDP readers will splash £100 on gifts for their pets this Christmas, an EDP online poll has shown.
While 40pc of readers will spend £10, most readers will spend £25 or more on their lucky pet this Christmas.
Lionel Partridge, manager at Jurassic Bark in Downham Market, said: “The last week was the best we had by 20pc.
“People would normally come in and spend less than £20 on bags of food and treats.
“Our average order now is about £50.”
Another poll conducted by the RSPCA found that many pet-owners would spend more on their pet than their mother-in-law. Some owners would spend more on their pet than even their partner.
Darren Parrish from the RSPCA said: “It’s lovely to hear that a vast majority of pet owners consider them to be part of the family and really include them in the Christmas celebrations. It goes to show we really are a nation of animal lovers.
Roughly £300m is expected to be spent on an estimated 18m British pets this Christmas.
The RSPCA is also warning pet-owners to be careful when feeding pets Christmas dinner, as the traditional meal can contain ingredients which are bad for dogs and cats.
Craig Osborne from the RSPCA said: “Pet owners should not give their pets left over bones form the Christmas dinner and remember to not leave any presents containing chocolate within easy reach as I have learned to my cost.”