02 June 2009 14:08:46
|Increasing number of dogs left alone.|
Growing numbers of dogs are developing behavioural problems because they are being left alone for too long - leading to an increase in pet insurance claims.
Sainsbury's Finance stated that more than three-quarters of a million dog owners are leaving their pets at home for eight hours or more during each working day.
Additionally, Sainsbury's estimated that 2.4 million dog owners leave their animals alone for over five hours a day.
An animal's mental wellbeing could be put at risk by being treated in this way, the firm warned.
Joanne Mallon, Sainsbury's Pet Insurance manager, said: "Dogs are highly sociable animals who crave the affection of their owners and can find being home alone distressing.
"Owners struggling to provide sufficient company themselves should consider dog walking and dog-sitting services or call on assistance from family or neighbours."
Figures from the company for 2008 showed that it saw a 28% increase in the number of pet insurance claims linked to behavioural problems.