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Pets hold key to romance in UK

26 May 2010 16:18:25

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Britons find animal-lovers more attractive.
Britons with pets are more likely to find romance, the findings of a survey conducted by pet insurance provider Petplan suggest.

More than half (54%) of those polled said they consider people to be more attractive if they have a pet, while domestic animals are seen as crucial to the match-making process.

According to Alison Andrew, Petplan's marketing manager, the research highlights the extent to which pets are considered an integral part of family life.

"Families have changed over the years, with pets now playing a more important emotional role in them, and this is reflected in owners' feelings towards them," she confirmed.

"There are fewer big, extended families living close together so pets have become more important to us. This means that pets have a bigger say in family life and the decisions that are made - right down to the type of settee."

The study also serves to underline the importance of pet insurance, with pet owners warned recently of the danger of not having adequate cover in light of the high cost of treatment.

Rachael Stiles, personal finance editor at Fair Investment Company, cited a Sainsbury's report which found half of vets have had to put an animal down unnecessarily because the owner did not have enough money to pay for a procedure.

"It is so sad to think that so many of these deaths could have been avoided for the sake of just a few pounds a month," Ms Stiles commented.ADNFCR-2196-ID-19801530-ADNFCR ADNFCR-2196-ID-19464191-ADNFCR

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