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More owners take pets on holiday
22nd April 2013

by Sandra Pearce


Man’s best friend has now become our travelling companion, too!  It’s official, a new survey by MedicAnimal.com reveals that the nation’s eight million pooches have become quite the seasoned travellers. 

The poll of 1,000 pet owners found that nine in 10 people holidayed with Fido in the UK last year, and one in eight took their four-legged friend abroad with them.

The survey also reveals that nearly half of dog owners plan to take their pet on holiday with them this year, and that pet owners from Scotland, Wales and the West Midlands are most likely to holiday with their dog. 

People from London and the South East are more likely to take their dog abroad, reflecting the area's proximity to train and ferry links to the Continent.

Andrew Bucher, vet and co-founder of MedicAnimal.com, said: “Ever since the introduction of the Pet Passport Scheme, travelling abroad with your dog has been made much simpler.  To travel in the EU, dogs must now have their own passport to show that it is up to date with vaccinations against rabies and has been micro-chipped.”

With this increasing number of travelling dogs, there comes the responsibility for pet owners and pups alike to demonstrate decorum when on holiday, in an environment intended for relaxation and rejuvenation for everyone. 

So MedicAnimal.com has produced A Guide to Good Petiquette for the Travelling Dog, which outlines the do’s and don’ts of staying in hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes this summer.

The guide, available free on line at www.MedicAnimal.com, reminds Fido of the five commandments:
1. SIT – where to/not to
2. FETCH – not mistaking the local wildlife for its squeaky toy
3. HEEL – obedience, not those Jimmy Choo’s posing on the bar stool
4. EAT – only what’s in your bowl
5. DOWN– not intimidating other guests, your Ggreat Dane may have the personality of a fluffy Chihuahua, but others may not be so convinced!

In addition to this, the resident vet for MedicAnimal.com has produced a list of tips and advice to consider when holidaying with the pooch as well as a packing checklist and ‘travel bundles’ that include all the essentials – an opportunity to stock up on those holiday ‘essentials’ for your customers.

Products include dog food, beds, bowls and balls as well as sunscreen, towels and a car harness among other things.  The tips and advice, packing checklists and ‘travel bundles’ can also be found on line atwww.MedicAnimal.com.