Stop & Examine
Nearly half of UK pet owners (47%) sacrifice or change their Christmas plans because of their pets, according to new research by Virgin Trains. And more than half (59%) admit to avoiding travel to prevent separation anxiety from their pet.
There is a reason Virgin conducted this research - while it costs almost £1,500 to fly your dog between London and Scotland, the train operator welcomes two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals with every passenger at no extra charge.
“Being apart from your pet can be a very stressful experience,” says animal behaviour expert Marc Abraham.
“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 while in the hold and away from their owners, so it is always best to travel together if possible.”
So, if you’re a pet owner and you’re going away for Christmas, the train definitely wins. And if you do, don’t forget to send us a picture of your furry (or even scaly) friend with you on the train ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more details on transporting animals by train, go to http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/luggage_animals.aspx