A quarter of Brits plan their holiday around their pets

A new poll by Tesco Pet Insurance has found that Brits are putting their pets first as they plan their holidays. A quarter of dog owners in Britain have deliberately chosen a holiday in the UK over a holiday abroad so that their pet could go with them.

[UKPRwire, Thu Jul 23 2009] Leaving Fido behind in the kennels while they enjoy a summer break is not an option for 83% of dog owners and 12% plan to take their dog with them on the next holiday they take.

The UK's Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) means that it's now possible for pet owners to take dogs or cats abroad within the EU. Last year 46,500 EU pet passports were issued by the government to veterinary practices in the UK.

Tesco Pet Insurance is making it easier for their customers to take their pets on holiday, giving them peace of mind, with an optional extra of overseas travel cover. Overseas travel cover will help towards quarantine costs if a pet falls ill, cover if a pet’s passport gets lost and holiday cancellation cover if a customer’s pet is too ill to travel.

For those planning on holidaying with their pets, there is lots to organise in advance and pets:
• Must have blood tests at vet
• Should be treated against tapeworm and ticks
• Must be fully vaccinated (especially against rabies)
• Must be microchipped
• Must have an up to date PETS passport
• Check the import requirements of your destination

Gillian Lewis of Airpets says, “It may seem a daunting prospect, with health checks and a flight but more than a million pets fly safely world-wide each year. Pets travel comfortably in the livestock hold of direct passenger flights in kennels large enough for them to lie, stand and turn around in. Pet owners can pick up their pets after clearing customs.”

Rachel Cutler, head of Tesco Pet Insurance says, "As a nation of animal lovers, it is telling that a quarter of us organise our holidays around our pets. We've provided cover because our customers have told us they would like to share their holiday experience with their pets."

To apply or for more information, customers can log on to http://www.tescofinance.com or call 0845 246 38 38.

For further information, please contact:
Matthew Dransfield, Tesco Personal Finance, Tel: 0131 479 1346
Victoria Lomax, Tesco Personal Finance, Tel: 0131 479 1345
Alex Godwin-Brown, Haggie Hepburn, Tel: 0207 334 7777

Notes to Editors
Tesco Pet Insurance Survey of 4,000 British pet owners conducted with One Poll, 20-21 May 2009.

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Tesco Pet Insurance is the second largest pet insurer in the UK
Tesco Pet Insurance is underwritten and provided by UK Insurance Limited.
Tesco Pet Insurance covers for more than just veterinary bills such as up to £1,000 towards advertising and a reward if your pet goes missing, overseas travel and third party liability.

The Tesco pet overseas travel option covers the following:
• Up to £2 million liability insurance if your dog causes an accident or damages someone's property. (Excludes USA and Canada).
• Up to £1,500 to cover quarantine costs.
• Up to £300 to cover emergency expenses whilst abroad.
• Up to £250 to cover the loss of your pet's passport.
• Payment of reasonable fees to cover the cost of repeat tick and worming treatment if your carrier delays your departure to the UK.

Tesco Personal Finance
• Tesco Personal Finance is the UK's largest supermarket bank. Since our launch in 1997, we have grown to have nearly six million customer accounts across 28 financial products and services.
• Our principal activities are: general insurance - motor, home, pet and travel; credit cards and personal loans; personal savings; Tesco Compare and a network of cash machines (ATMs).
• We sell our products through multiple channels including in-store, by telephone and online.
• Tesco Personal Finance is fully-owned by Tesco plc.
• Tesco Personal Finance plc, Registered in Scotland No. 173199.
Registered Address: Interpoint Building, 22 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH.

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