Asda Financial Services

Asda Financial Services

April 30, 2012 08:43 ET

Asda Finance Highlights Top Tips for Taking Your Pet on Holiday With You

Leading personal finance websites Asda Finance offer their top tips travelling with your pet this summer.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 30, 2012) - More and more Brits are refusing to leave their pets at home when they go on holiday. But, as Asda Finance highlights, there are a number of things you may wish to consider before taking your pet away with you.

There is nothing wrong with taking your pet away with you and if pet owners follow some simple tips they should be well on the way to ensuring that their trip is a success.

An Asda Finance eSurvey carried out recently revealed that 81% of all pet owners say that their pet is 'Very important' to their family*. Obviously if you are concerned about expensive veterinary bills one final check each pet owner should make is to review their pet insurance policy to see if they are covered whilst their pet is overseas or on holiday.

Asda Finance top tips for your pet holiday checklist;

Choose the right destination

Is the hotel or accommodation pet friendly? This is very important and you should check and speak to the hotel or accommodation provider to ensure your room is suitable for pets.


If you are planning a trip abroad, check with the embassy of your chosen destination what the laws are on taking pets in and out of the country. Use the UK government's Defera website to find out more.


Remember that pets often need more water when travelling. Travelling can be stressful for animals, which will cause them to dehydrate faster, particularly whilst flying.


It is good advice not to feed your pet at least two hours before you travel, as this will help to prevent sickness and unwanted toilet 'accidents' on the journey.


When you are travelling with your pet it is common for them to often feel distressed. It is therefore important to ensure that they feel comfortable when travelling. One good way of calming down the animal would be to keep something with your scent on it close to your pet. Failing that, staying close to your pet when travelling should help, too.

Notes to editors

About Asda Pet Insurance

  • Cat cover from £4.05* per month and dog cover from £7.95* per month
  • Choose from 3 levels of pet insurance cover - Value, Standard and Superior
  • Pay monthly at no extra cost†
  • 10% online discount
  • Pays up to £6,000 towards your vet's bills for accident or illness with Superior cover pet insurance#
  • Up to 20% online discount when insuring 2 or more pets ~
  • Caring bereavement counselling service

Asda Financial Services and Asda Stores Limited are introducer appointed representatives of BDML Connect Limited who arrange and administer the policy. This insurance is underwritten by QBE Insurance (Europe) No 1761561. Both BDML Connect Ltd and QBE Insurance (Europe) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

*10% of customers who purchased Asda Value Pet Insurance between 1st September and 31st December 2011 would have paid this price or less. Prices include IPT, reflect June 2011 premium rates and may include online and/or multi-pet discounts.

~20% discount for insuring 2 or more pets consists of 10% online discount and up to 10% multi pet discount.

†0% APR. Available to those aged 18 and over.

#Up to the sum insured. For continuous treatment payments must be up-to-date and your policy renewed. Superior cover only.

*Asda Finance eSurvey, June 2011, asking pet owners: 'How important is your pet(s) to you and your family?'

The results were:

  • Very important 81.07%
  • Quite important 14.29%
  • No opinion 3.57%
  • Not important 0.36%
  • Very unimportant 0.71%

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