Pet Travel Popularity to Reach New Heights in 2018

To mark the start of National Pet Month (April), new research looks at the rise of pet travel in the UK highlighting how many of us plan to go on holiday with our dogs this year

Over two thirds (67 per cent) of UK dog owners plan to go away with their dogs this year and nearly one million pet owners plan to get a pet passport for their dog.

More than half (60 per cent) even plan their holidays around their dogs with a similar number (57 per cent) confessing they would enjoy their holiday more if their dog was with them.

Popular activities that dog owners do with their beloved pooches when on holiday include going for a meal with them at a pet friendly pub or restaurant (54 per cent), taking them sightseeing (39 per cent) and going shopping (26 per cent).

Taking your dog on holiday can also have numerous health benefits with the vast majority (82 per cent) of UK pet owners saying that they feel more relaxed when spending time with their dog.

The research has been commissioned by Eurotunnel, who are predicting 2018 will be the most popular year ever for pet travel and will see more ‘dog miles’ clocked up than ever before.

Eurotunnel are widely recognised as the leading company enabling pet travel and have had over two million dogs, cats and ferrets travel to Europe with them since 2001.

Their research also reveals just how much we miss our animal companions when they are not around. Almost one in five (18 per cent) FaceTime their dogs when they are on holiday without them, with a further 13 per cent admitting that they have a dog cam set up at home so they can interact with their dog when they are away.

Over a quarter (28 per cent) of dog owners even admit to missing their dogs more than their partner when they have been away with 24 per cent saying they would only go on holiday if their dog was able to go with them. 55 per cent of owners even miss their dog more than their partner when they are at work.

Wales and Lions rugby star Sam Warburton is a well-known dog-lover, often posting pictures with his dog Ledley on Instagram. This year is his testimonial year and on May 1st Sam will be hosting an event raising money for various charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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