Spoil Your Pet This Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m sure we’re all eagerly awaiting our partners’ romantic gestures to come.

But the question I pose to all those loving pet owners out there is this, ‘Who’s affection are you truly craving for this February the 14th?’

A survey was recently conducted in America, which looked degrees of attention given to various family members (partners and pets included) on Valentines Day. An interesting statistic emerged. 66% of female pet owners were more interested in getting Valentine kisses from their furry friends, than their significant other!

And the revelations don’t end there. 67% of female pet owners would end a relationship if their partner didn’t get along with their pet, and 60% of women plan to spend more this Valentines Day on their pet than their partner! These trends were roughly the opposite for men, however both sexes agreed that their pet makes their relationship stronger, and 81% of pet owners intend to make that known with a gift on Valentine’s Day.

So what are the more popular pet gifts on Valentine’s Day? Toys account for more than 50% of gifts, followed by delicious treats and a special few will be sporting new fashion or clothing accessories.

However, just like with us, some owners are a little more creative with their gifts. Suggestions for gifts also included:

- Visits to Doggie day camp
- A new comfy bed
- And my favourite, a fresh healthy lamb pattie shaped in a heart

So what does this study tell us about our affection and attachment levels to our pets? Or is it saying something about our partners!! Pets give us an endless supply of unconditional love, without asking for anything in return. So when an occasion arises to give something back, it isn’t difficult to understand why pet owners are quick to respond.

So on this Valentines Day, don’t forget to get a little pressie for your pet, but more importantly if this study is anything to go by, try not to get so wound up with your pet that you forget about your partner!

Dr Ben Willcocks is a Veterinarian, and a regular contributor to the pet website, www.vetico.com.au.

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