ST LOUIS — A recent survey by Purina revealed 13% of pet owners would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their pet than with their significant other. The survey also discovered what pet owners are likely to do with their pet on Valentine’s Day, including indulging them with a romantic dinner.

According to Purina, wet food is the most popular Valentine’s Day meal for pets, and about 40% of pet owners surveyed said they would feed their pet wet food to help them celebrate the holiday. Additionally, 20% of pet owners admitted they are likely to organize a Valentine’s Day dinner date with their pets.

"It's well documented that pets make our lives better and generally brighten our mood each day. They can also help lower blood pressure, and pet owners have been shown to have higher self-esteem than those without pets in their lives," said Kurt Venator, DVM, Ph.D., chief veterinary officer at Purina. "So, it makes perfect sense that because they make us feel good, we want to give them the extra love they deserve on Valentine's Day and every day after."

Lastly, 41% of pet owners surveyed said they will most likely post a picture of their pet on social media for Valentine’s Day. The survey, conducted by independent research company Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), asked 1,004 dog and cat owners in the US to determine these results.

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