Three-quarters of UK pet holidaymakers choose staycations

Pet charity reveals that three-quarters of UK pet owning holidaymakers are choosing staycations over holidaying abroad.

Many UK holidaymakers are already planning their Easter and summer breaks and as a treasured member of the family many will be taking their pet.

However, Blue Cross reveals that 47% of cat or dog owners already consider travelling abroad too expensive with a pet and 76% have chosen a particular holiday in the UK, just so they can take their beloved pets away with them more easily.

The uncertainty around the Brexit agreement and travelling with pets, potentially costing around £250 more just to get them in a position to be allowed to travel, the cost of taking our four-legged friends abroad just seems to be too big a barrier.

The survey commissioned by Blue Cross showed that more than half (54%) say they worried their pet would get hurt travelling on a plane or ferry, resulting in 84% of people choosing to take their pet on holiday via car.

Mark Bossley, chief vet at Blue Cross Victoria, said: “We’re a nation of pet lovers, so it’s no surprise that lots of people choose to go on holiday with their pets. We need to make sure that the four-legged members of the family are travelling safely and are happy, as there can be risks involved when travelling with them. Remember to always get advice from a vet before going on any journey with your pet.”

All pet owners must make sure their dog is safely clipped into a car harness seatbelt or in a travel crate and cats in a secure cat carrier. Always make sure you have lots of water for yourself and your pets, take breaks if on long journeys, and never leave your pet in the car unattended as this can be fatal very quickly.

Mark adds: “One of the biggest threats to pets is heatstroke when in a car so stay with them, lots of ventilation is key and keep an eye on them to make sure they’re looking happy and healthy, so everyone can enjoy the holiday.”

If you do take your pet aboard, Blue Cross advises to avoid aeroplanes and ferries, unless the ferry company allows pets to stay with their owners.

Pets should never be left unattended in a car or anywhere else when travelling – no matter how short the journey, dogs and cats can deteriorate in minutes and risk fatality.

To keep your pets safe when travelling, follow Blue Cross advice and speak to your vet ahead of any journey. Make sure your pet is in good health before embarking on adventures with the four-legged members of the family.

For more advice on travelling safely with pets in summer you can visit www.bluecross.org.uk.