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6th June 2007

69% of pet lovers fret when it comes to holidays.
A quarter of pet owners say their pet’s needs dictate where they go

Spare a thought for Britain’s 3.7 million pet owners this holiday season as new research reveals over two thirds (69%) worry themselves sick about their pets when they head off on holidays. 27% make at least one call home to check in on their furry friends’ welfare and a quarter (25%) consider their pet when making holidaying decisions. One Brit in ten will always take their pet on holiday with them and an extreme 6% of those who don’t, worry enough to call home every day when holidaying.

The research by Petplan, the UK’s leading pet insurance provider found that people from Leicester are the biggest worriers with over three quarters (76%) worrying about their beloved pets while they are away. A shocking 15% of people in Halifax are concerned enough to call home every day. Scots are the biggest animal lovers with 35% preferring to take their pet on holiday rather than leave it at home. 32% from the Scottish Borders region take their pets on every holiday.

Highlights from the Petplan/You Gov research include:

  • Half of pet owners aged over 45 say their holiday destination is influenced by their pets
  • Under 35s are more likely to call home every day to check on their pets whilst holidaying
  • Men are more preoccupied with their pets welfare than women whilst on holiday
  • 32% of people in Durham say their holiday destinations are influenced by their pets
  • 38% of people in Aberdeen call home to check in at least once on holiday
  • 75% of Geordies worry about their pets when they are on holiday

Marc Abraham, who is a regular vet on The Paul O’Grady Show and It’s Me or the Dog, explained: “The research from Petplan shows that we worry about our pets so much that we can’t relax on holiday. Many of us want to take our pets on holiday with us but are anxious about the veterinary costs should they fall ill.”

Over 200,000 animals a year are estimated to travel from Great Britain to the rest of the EU . Petplan worked with YouGov to quiz over 2,000 pet owners across the country on their holidaying habits to mark the launch of its free travel cover to the Petplan insurance policies . For your free travel guide on how to care for your pet on holiday visit www.petplan.co.uk or call xxx.

Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s Head of Marketing said: “As pets are part of the family, of course we want to take them on holiday with us, yet it can be expensive, restrictive and confusing to do so. Like us, our pets are just as likely to fall ill or injure themselves on holiday as they are at home. Petplan has added free travel cover to its insurance polices to ensure that owners can have a hassle free holiday with their pets. Petplan travel insurance includes cover of emergency vet fees, quarantine and loss of documents and advertising and reward for lost pets. ”

For more information please contact the Petplan press office on petplan@bravepr.com or call Samantha Henry on 020 7802 8111

Note to editors:

Where the biggest pet fretters live:

  1. Leicester
  2. Newcastle
  3. Halifax
  4. London
  5. Coventry
  6. Peterborough
  7. Norwich
  8. Birmingham
  9. Maidstone
  10. Aberdeen

Source Defra.gov.uk

2 Small Animal Domestic and Showbreeder policies

Petplan is the largest provider of animal health insurance in the world. Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

For more information on Petplan call 0800 107 1843 or visit www.petplan.co.uk.

YouGov surveyed 2,033 UK adults in May 2007