Animal-loving Brits Put Pets Before Plans At Christmas As Kennel Costs, Airfares

Published on : Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Virgin TrainsThinking about flying with your pet this Christmas? New research from Virgin Trains suggests you should think again as the financial and emotional costs for owners and pets joining the big Christmas getaway are revealed. In Britain, nearly half of pet owners (47 per cent) have sought to avoid these and missed out on Christmas with family and friends from putting their pets’ needs first.



While the cost of flying with a pet between London and Scotland can add almost £1,500* to an airfare, which worries 28 per cent of owners, more concerning for them is their pets’ anxiety during the flight. Over half (56 per cent) admit they would fret about their pet getting stressed in an aircraft hold when travelling.



Leaving your furry friend behind isn’t cheap either. With boarding kennel costs, pet sitters’ fees and vets’ vaccination bills adding to anxiety about pining pets, it’s a dog’s life for the millions of pet owners in the UK** at this time of year.



Compounding this, nearly two-thirds (59 per cent) report separation anxiety when leaving their pets behind, 21 per cent cut their trip short, while over a quarter (27 per cent) have avoided travelling and pet sitting entirely, and asked friends and family to visit them instead.



Animal behaviour expert, Marc Abraham said: “Being apart from your pet can be a very stressful experience. Many people report suffering from anxiety when separated from their pet, making them reluctant to leave them over Christmas. When it comes to flying, our furry companions can also get a little anxious whilst in the hold and away from their owners, so it is always best to travel together if possible.”



Virgin Trains welcomes two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals with every customer on the east and west coast routes between London and Scotland at no extra cost. The rail operator has worked with Marc Abrahamto create some top tips on how owners can prepare themselves and their pets for travel over Christmas:



Prep your pet for long trips:



Provide identification for your pet



Pack a pet-friendly travel kit



Practise socialising your animal



Graham Leech, Group Commercial Director of Virgin Trains, commented: “At Virgin Trains, we’re all about providing the best possible customer experience, whatever your species. We’ve welcomed cats, dogs, birds and even the odd snake on board, all with their owners of course! With frequent services between London and many destinations in Scotland, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, we believe we provide the happiest, most comfortable and affordable option for customers and their pets heading off for Christmas.”


Source:- Virgin Trains


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