"I'll have what Spot is having..."
Many owners feeding their four-legged friends healthier and tastier meals than they serve up for themselves.entertainment Updated: May 25, 2006 19:25 IST
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 per cent fed their pampered pet pooches a better diet than their own, giving them fresh dishes instead of tinned food.
Consequently 21 per cent of dogs enjoyed cheese, 15 per cent were given fish and 9 per cent 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 per cent admit their pet has got a weight problem.