Study finds Canadians plan to bring their dogs along for summer travel
Before travel restrictions set in, Rover.com surveyed 500 Canadian pet parents to find out how they are feeling about summer travel. The results show that before the pandemic, only 35% of dog owners planned to bring their pup along on their summer trip.
“After months of sheltering in place with our families and fur babies, it should come as no surprise that Canadians are finally looking to venture out on mini summer excursions – albeit socially-distanced ones. Now that air travel currently comes with some constraints during a pandemic, it only makes sense that road trips are gaining popularity. Car travel allows pet owners to be a little more spontaneous in their vacation plans, and many pets are only too happy to hop into the family car and come along for the ride,” Dr. Rebecca Greenstein, Veterinary Medical Advisor for rover.com, tells Travel Courier. “Pet parents should keep in mind that not all of our animal companions enjoy being included on a summer getaway though. Some dogs and cats suffer from motion sickness or anxiety during car rides, which is important to take into consideration. Also, not all hotels and holiday rentals will accommodate pets, especially during COVID. Regardless of the destination, accommodations, or your pet’s comfort level with cars, always make sure your dog isn’t overheating, he or she is staying hydrated and you’re stopping frequently for pee breaks.”