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Monday, February 20, 2006

Pets have their piece of cake

If you think the average American pet's life is a piece of cake, you may be on to something.

According to a recent survey of more than 260,000 policyholders with Veterinary Pet Insurance, the nation's oldest and largest provider of health insurance for pets, almost 58 percent of those who responded said they have hosted a birthday party for their pet.

For those pet owners who do throw their pet a birthday bash complete with cake, party hats and visits from their four-legged friends, they're not alone. Between 40 million and 70 million Americans attend pet birthday parties, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

At Three Dog Bakery in Newport Beach, Calif., store owner Sandy Deem says the popular pet baked goods shop receives many requests for pet birthday cakes.

"Throwing our pets a birthday party is a great way for us to show them how much they mean to us and that they really are an integral part of our family," says Brian D. Iannessa, Veterinary Pet Insurance spokesman. "Just as we would throw our own family members a party complete with friends, food and fun, animal lovers enjoy showing the same appreciation and love for their pets."

Are you planning a birthday party for your pet? Contact Critters Editor Nancy Romanenko or e-mail nancyr@app.com.


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