Stop & Ex­am­ine

‘Fish res­cue’.

Rail (UK) - - Contents -

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 ( rail@bauer­me­dia.co.uk).

For more de­tails on trans­port­ing an­i­mals by train, go to http://www.na­tion­al­rail.co.uk/sta­tion­s_des­ti­na­tions/lug­gage_an­i­mals.aspx

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