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Dog owners are flocking to Facebook and Twitter to share their love for their animals - with seven per cent creating a Facebook page for their pet, according to research.

A study carried out by pet insurer Petplan shows a 36 per cent increase year on year of pet owners creating social media pages for their animals.

Seven per cent of dog owners have given their animals a Facebook page, compared to four per cent of cat owners.

The trend was kick-started by Boo, the 'world's cutest dog' - a Pomeranian with more online fans than the Dalai Lama.

The study also showed 42 per cent of pet owners upload pictures of their pets to social media.

37 per cent post status updates on behalf of their pets.

Dogs are talked bout 12 times more often than cats on Social Media site Twitter.

Francesca Keefe, Petplan Social Media Executive said: "Since we started tracking pets’ presence online there has been an explosion in ‘pet pride.’

"We’re also seeing more and more pet owners take to Twitter as an effective way to look for lost pets."

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