One in three holidaymakers take their pets on holiday, survey shows

30 per cent of people said that they based their entire holiday choice on how well it would suit their pet
30 per cent of people said that they based their entire holiday choice on how well it would suit their pet

Friday, 16, Aug 2013 10:34

by Daniel Mackrell

A growing number of people are taking their pets on holiday with them according to a new survey, which could come as bad news for some caravanners.

The survey of 1,000 people by flea and tick treatment supplier Frontline, showed that around a third of people now take their pets on holiday with them, while 30 per cent of people even based their entire holiday choice on how well it would suit their pet.

Dogs in particular have been at the centre of an ongoing debate between caravanners, regarding whether they should be allowed on caravan sites in the UK, with some people calling them a nuisance, whilst others see them as great company while on holiday.

Some people believe that the breed and size of the dog should be considered, but many believe that it comes down to small minority of owners who need to look after their dogs better at caravan sites, with the main concerns being mess and noise.

There are a number of caravan sites across the country that do not allow dogs, but equally there are many that do allow them and also provide great facilities, including acres of fields, and paths specifically for dog walking.

Other findings in the study showed that 16 per cent were willing to spend at least £200 to take their pet with them, which shows how much of a connection pets have with families.

A similar study was also released by HolidayCottages.co.uk, which claimed that more people were taking their dogs on holiday in the UK, preferring to travel locally instead of going abroad and leaving their dog behind.

The survey also gave dog owners some tips and advice on how to make sure it's a happy holiday, such as ensuring they're comfortable on the journey, keeping them under control, and cleaning up after them.

Holidaymakers are also advised to make sure their dog is chipped, and has up-to-date vaccinations.

A Caravan Times poll back in 2011 showed that 77% of people felt that dogs should be allowed on caravan sites, as long as they are taken care of properly.

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