More people are giving Christmas gifts to pets

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sales of pet products are benefiting from more people giving Christmas gifts to their dogs and cats.

Suburban St. Louis resident Justine Ulrich says she has a new toy for her dog Beau and treats for her cats. And she's not stopping there: Beau also will receive a day at a doggie day camp.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that consumers are expected to spend $52.9 billion on their pets this year, including on holiday gifts. That's up 4% from last year.

A survey done by the American Pet Products Association found 53% of dogs and 38% of cats will receive holiday gifts.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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