Pet Travel a Growing Trend

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Accord­ing to a new study by PetRe​lo​ca​tion​.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.  PetRe​lo​ca​tion​.com. 4 May 2010.  Web.  10 May 2010.]