Pets Make Popular Travel Companions

A survey of more than 6,000 pet owners reveals majority of people travel with pets.

VizslaMost pet owners travel at least once a year with their pets, according to a survey released Tuesday by PetRelocation.com.

For its first Summer Pet Travel Survey, PetRelocation.com, a pet travel and transportation service provider, polled more than 6,000 pet owners worldwide in April. The majority of pet owners surveyed (61 percent) said they travel more than 50 miles with their pets at least once a year, with 38 percent of those pet owners stating that they travel as often as once a month with their pets.

Summer travel appears to be on many pet owners’ agendas, according to the survey. Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they planned on traveling with their pets within the next three months. Thirty-three percent said they planned on traveling with their pet within the next year.

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

The survey found that pet-friendly travel is almost exclusively for dogs. More than half of the pet owners (61 percent) said they choose to travel with their dogs. Thirty-three percent said they travel with their cats.

Pet owners polled in the survey voiced frustrations with flying with pets. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed said the most difficult part of pet travel is that airline fees are too expensive. Others said there is not enough of a selection of pet-friendly airlines.

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