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Brits Miss Pets More Than Family Whilst on Holiday

CHESTER, England May 23, 2012

  • A third of British pet owners would rather go away with their furry friend  than their immediate family
  • Forty seven per cent miss their pet the most when away on holiday
  • Over a third have taken a pet on holiday


For those travelling without the family pet this year, one in two pet owners in the UK (47 per cent) said that when they leave their family behind for foreign travels, it is their pet that they miss most of all while they’re away. Immediate family members trailed a distant second, identified by a third of Brits (33 per cent). Twenty-eight per cent of British pet owners said it was their partner they missed most whilst away.

But as this research has found, our pets are never far from thought when we do go on holiday. Nearly half (43 per cent) confessed they give their pet some extra TLC when they return home from a holiday and one in five (18 per cent) make sure they bring back a souvenir for their furry friend. Forty per cent of pet owners also said they regularly check up on their pet whilst away to make sure they are okay. Thirty-six per cent revealed that their pet’s welfare is their biggest worry when they do leave them behind.

However, the research by TravelSupermarket has identified that a significant number of British pet owners (39 per cent) are now choosing to take their pets away with them on holiday either domestically or internationally. Dog owners who have taken their pooch away with them recently said they didn’t just do it for their own benefit – nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) believe that their pet enjoyed the experience and that it broadened their ‘doggy-horizons’.

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TravelSupermarket s Bob Atkinson says : "

"It’s never been easier to travel with your cat or dog thanks to the recent relaxation of DEFRA quarantine laws and the accessibility of ‘pet passports’. The rules do vary slight by country and pet, but generally your pet will need to be micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies in order to gain a pet passport – avoiding the need for beloved animals sitting in quarantine for lengthy periods of time when travelling between countries.

"For those planning a staycation this year, there are, of course, many hotels, holiday parks and caravan sites that will allow guests to bring along a pet here in the UK.

"However, if you do plan to take your pet abroad, just double check whether your pet insurance policy covers for travel overseas. If it doesn’t, phone your provider to see if it can be added to your policy for the duration of your trip."

3 April 2012

About TravelSupermarket

TravelSupermarket is an online comparison service where customers can find the best value travel options for their needs and purchase over the internet. The website compares flights, car hire, hotels, cruise, package holidays plus dynamic packaging by searching hundreds of travel websites. The information supplied is unbiased and is designed to save the customer time and money.

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TravelSupermarket is part of the Group PLC.

Emma Morris

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SOURCE TravelSupermarket

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