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Doggy days out ‘cost more than £18million in fuel bills’

Summer has finally arrived and we are very jealous of the dog owners invading Hengistbury Head and the New Forest pathways for some outdoor exercise. But man’s best friend may be costing you more than you think. New research commissioned by Confused.com found that doggy days out are costing dog owners more than £18million in fuel bills. 

The UK’s lucky canines can expect to enjoy road trips averaging just over 75 miles a time to be taken to their favourite pet friendly place across the country and costing owners nearly £10 per trip.

In fact, almost a third (27%) of dog owners surveyed said they are planning to make round trips of up to 101 miles, with 26% to travel more than 201 miles.

Surprisingly, not only is man’s best friend increasing their owner’s yearly costs but they are also affecting the type of car they buy too. A huge 66% of dog owners admitted to changing their vehicles for a more pet friendly mode of transport with reliability for longer distances. 

With so many dog owners travelling hundreds of miles with their dogs they must also ensure that they are healthy and clearly collared and tagged before they go on their road trips.

Kate Rose, Head of Pet Insurance at Confused.com, mentions another important issue: “Should your dog cause any incidents on its doggy day out, you as the owner are likely to be liable for the costs of any damage caused. Pet insurance is that essential safety net should anything go wrong, so shopping around on a price comparison site will ensure you get the right cover at a great price.” 

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