A NEW survey has found that Barnsley residents spend nearly £600 per year on their pet's healthcare.

The survey of 1,000 people by TotallyMoney.com found that those living in Barnsley spend £597 per year on their pets on average.

Ninety per cent of pet owners asked said their pet makes them feel happier, while 55 per cent said their pet makes them feel more loved.

Fourteen per cent of those questioned said they would take a day off work to look after their pets.

The survey also found that nearly half of Barnsley dog owners would consider paying more for their pet’s healthcare than their own.