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British Pets Being Pampered

This article came via Yahoo News UK and Ireland. It's a good dog's life for pets LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is living up to its...

Joy  |  Jun 1st 2006


This article came via Yahoo News UK and Ireland.

British Pet Pampering Pays Off

It’s a good dog’s life for pets

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is living up to its reputation as a nation of dog lovers with many owners feeding their four-legged friends healthier and tastier meals than they serve up for themselves, a survey published on Wednesday said.

A study of 1,337 British dog owners found that 18 percent fed their pampered pet pooches a better diet than their own, giving them fresh dishes instead of tinned food.

Consequently 21 percent of dogs enjoyed cheese, 15 percent were given fish and 9 percent chomped on vegetables.

More than a quarter of respondents said they would eat the food they bought their dog.

However, the gourmet meals came at a price, the study for Direct Line insurance said. Pet owners pay out 2.3 billion pounds a year on their dogs’ dinners and 10 percent admit their pet has got a weight problem.