Press release issued 17 June 2013
Pet passports are very popular, with thousands having been issued, but very little is known about where pet dogs travel abroad. The Great Pet Survey was launched last year to find out where in the world UK dog owners take their dogs but more owners are needed to take part in the study.
Findings from dog owners who have already participated in the survey include:
Jess Stokes, a postgraduate in the Veterinary Parasitology group, who is involved in the study, said: “We are delighted with the number of people who have taken part in the survey but with the summer holidays fast approaching we want more dog owners to take part.
“Last year the legal requirements for pet travel were changed and further reviews will take place over the coming years. By completing the survey, it will enable us to know if existing pet travel legislation is adequate, excessive or even relevant.”
The survey is for UK-based owners of dogs with pet passports, and takes between five and 15 minutes to complete. All information given will be kept confidential, used for scientific research purposes only, and not released to any third party.
To complete the survey go to: www.companioncare.co.uk/great-pet-survey.html
Pet dogs from the UK have been able to holiday abroad using a Pet Passport since 2000.
Rules for the scheme were changed in January 2012, simplifying requirements for owners but also decreasing the level of protection against imported diseases.
The Great Pet Survey was launched in 2012 by the University of Bristol and Companion Care Vets to collect and analyse information about the travel patterns of UK resident dogs, in and around mainland Europe, over the last decade.
By completing the survey, it will enable us to know if existing pet travel legislation is adequate, excessive or even relevant.