18 December 2017

Santa Paws is coming to town

Ask any pet owner and they'll tell you their four-legged friend is a beloved member of the family. So when it comes to Christmas and the holiday season it's no surprise that people love to treat their furry relatives to something special too.

Who’s been a good boy?

Dogs in particular come out as big winners during the Christmas season. This year will see a  (This link will open in a new window)Christmas market for dogs opening in the centre of London, complete with dog-friendly treats, dog accessories, crackers for pups and lots of gifts for dog lovers.

Meanwhile, the X Factor's Louis Walsh will narrate a Christmas film -  (This link will open in a new window)Merry Woofmas - made specially with colours and sounds that appeal to dogs. Dogs are truly having a special Christmas moment this year.

Pawternity leave

The fact that dog-friendly experiences are expanding into the Christmas shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.

In fact, more places are becoming dog-friendly and dog-owner friendly than ever before, with the introduction of “ (This link will open in a new window)pawternity leave" in some workplaces in the UK and abroad. Companies can offer a few days of paid leave to allow new pet owners times to bond with their pup and adjust to their new duties

A good example of this is the UK company BrewDog, which has built a reputation for dog-friendly policies, offering paid leave for employees to help them adjust to pet-owning duties when welcoming a new dog into the family.

The costs of getting and keeping a pet

Owning a pet can be expensive even without dog-themed Christmas fairs and treats. A Nationwide survey* carried out earlier in the year found that dog owners spend on average £4,791 in the first year of ownership alone** – nearly twice as much as cat owners. Another interesting tidbit? More than one in ten of those questioned claimed to love their pets more than their partner. (Don't worry - we won't tell if you won't.)

Our research also found that pet-owning Brits pay out an average of £3,024 per year - that's £252 a month – for the ongoing care of their pets, including food, grooming, pet-sitters, vet bills, treats, toys and pet insurance. Obviously, costs vary depending on the pet. A dog in the family sets owners back around £350 a month. Fish are the cheapest pet to own, at an average of £49 a month.

Remember, humans aren't just for Christmas

So whether you'll be heading straight to the doggy seasonal market, putting dog-friendly films on Netflix, or just cuddling up with a nice cuppa and your favourite four-legged friend in front of the fire, here's wishing your dog (and the rest of the family) a Happy Holidays!

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