Owners prepare for pet-friendly holidays

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Owners prepare for pet-friendly holidaysDogs prodding around under the Christmas tree this year should not be surprised if a few presents squeak to their delight. An Associated Press-Petside.com poll shows that more animal owners this year are planning to buy their pets holiday gifts.

According to the recent poll, a total of 52 percent of pet owners plan to buy their animals a holiday gift, representing a 9 percent increase from last year. Nearly 60 percent of dog owners and 40 percent of cat owners will visit the pet stores for the perfect present in the next month, the Associated Press reports.

The idea of gifts as a part of pet care comes naturally to Debra Jenson, who owns a Labrador and a German shepherd-Siberian Husky mix.

"The dogs are our only children. I love my babies," Jensen, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, told the news source. This year, her pups can count on leftover ham, among other holiday treats.

According to the AP survey, owning pets changes how families prepare for the holidays in more ways than one. Erica Peterson is among the 59 percent of pet owners who consider their animals before picking out decorations – no cranberries, popcorn or gingerbread men will adorn her tree this year.

According to the American Humane Association, a total of 40 percent of dog owners and 37 percent of cat owners hang Christmas stockings for their pets.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19477542-ADNFCR

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