According to a new study by PetRelocation.com, most pet owners travel at least once a year with their pets.  As Summer travel plans heat up, retailers and businesses that cater to travelers should take note of pet owners’ preference to travel with their pets and offer services to accommodate them accordingly. 

Pet Friendly Travel Going to the Dogs

The majority of pet owners surveyed (61%) said they travel more than 50 miles with their pets at least once a year, with 38% of those pet owners stating that they travel as often as once a month with their pets. Pet friendly travel still is almost exclusively for dogs, with over half of the pet owners (61%) saying that they choose to travel with their dogs (33% of pet owners travel with their cats).

Airline Fee Frustration

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of pet owners say the most difficult part of pet travel is that airline pet travel fees are too expensive, followed by those who said there is not enough selection of pet friendly airlines.

Summer Travel Plans Heating Up

Summer pet travel appears to be on many pet owners’ agendas. The survey, which was sent out during the month of April, found that 57% said they planned on traveling with their pet within the next 3 months, while 33% plans on traveling with their pet within the next year.

Crossing Borders

Seventy-one percent (71%) of pet owners said they had never traveled internationally with their pets, however the survey found the majority of pet owners (51%) are considering international pet travel within the next year. Forty-two percent (42%) of those pet owners said they are making plans to travel internationally with their pets within the next year.

[Source:  Summer Pet Travel Survey.  PetRelocation.com. 4 May 2010.  Web.  10 May 2010.]