As more people prepare to take their Summer holidays, a new survey has revealed that almost half of dog owners take their pets needs into account when choosing their holiday destination.

The findings which have been released by pet insurer, Direct Line, show just how much our pets needs shape our lives and that our vacation time is their vacation time.

Almost two-thirds (65%) of pet owners who took part in the research admitted they prefer the ‘staycation’, holidaying at home, but as over a third of vets report an increase in pet passports in the last 12 months it seems more and more pet owners are venturing further afield.

According to the research, the most pet friendly destinations dog owners have visited are; the French resorts La Roche and Les Sables, Nantes in Belgium, Antequera, Spain and Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, which get top marks for choice of dog friendly accommodation, space for dogs to exercise and play and dog friendly restaurants, bars and tourist attractions – some of the most important factors dog owners research when planning a trip.

Prit Powar, head of pet insurance at Direct Line said: “Our pets are such a big part of our lives that it’s not surprising we are willing to tailor our holidays to accommodate taking them away with us. When taking pets abroad, planning in advance is vital.  Owners need to have the right documentation, up to date vaccinations and know that where they are staying is accepting of their pets. Getting a tapeworm treatment in the country you are visiting can often be a particular challenge, especially if you don’t speak the language, so do your research beforehand and make sure you know what facilities are available.”


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