Purina offers kit and recommendations for creating a pet-friendly workplace

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New research from Purina found that 76% of pet owners working from home report they’ve been happier doing so with their pet by their side.

Many are also hesitant about the transition back to the workplace without their pets, with 73% expressing concern about how their pets will react to their sudden absence.

With office reentry plans top-of-mind for many employers, Purina relates in a press release that employee safety and mental health should be at the center of all return-to-office tactics – and those plans should include pets.

Purina, a champion for pet-friendly workplaces, and a pet-friendly employer for more than 20 years, has seen first-hand the benefits of welcoming pets to the office, including improved mental well-being, employee retention and recruiting, and overall increased happiness and productivity.

According to the Purina study, working from home has primed employers and employees for a world where pets are a welcomed addition to the workplace moving forward.

  • When considering a new career opportunity, 72% of pet owners working from home would accept a job offer from a pet-friendly employer over a non-pet friendly employer, assuming salary and all other benefits are equal.
  • In the areas of company culture and office morale, 48% of pet owners working from home whose company doesn’t have a pet-friendly office think office morale would improve if their office was pet-friendly.
  • Even executive leaders are open to the idea, with 72% of C-suite executives saying the approval of a pet policy would either lead to or already has increased socializing in the workplace, and 56% said it would lead to or has resulted in increased productivity.

Exploring a pet-friendly workplace:

Purina offers the following recommendations for employees and employers interested in exploring a pet-friendly workplace:

  1. Learn the Benefits  Do your research to arm yourself with the positive impact pets have on the workplace as well as the benefits to pets that may suffer from separation anxiety.
  2. Find Examples  Help employees and management by laying out a list of other like-minded companies in your area that have successfully integrated pets in the workplace. 
  3. Test it Out – Suggest a “Bring Your Pet to Work Day” as a test run to see how employees and visiting pets interact.
  4. Make the Pledge – Gather signatures in favor of the policy using Purina’s Pets at Work pledge template.
  5. Show you’re serious – Establish guidelines and make it official by using an authorization and release form for those wishing to bring their pets to the office.

Purina has many additional resources for companies that are interested in making this transition, including a Pets at Work Starter Kit and an employer toolkit to help guide companies and their employees toward a better, more integrated workplace for our furry friends.

SOURCE Purina: https://www.purina.com

Company using ‘super accurate’ trained dogs to sniff out bed bugs

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According to a press release, some dogs in New Jersey are employees in a unique line of work.

Bed Bug Sniffers, a bed bug inspection service based out of Burlington, New Jersey, recently announced the launch of its new operation.

It will serve residents and business owners in Burlington County and Camden County by assisting them in identifying bed bug infestations.
But, unlike other bed bug inspectors that rely on human-based detection methods, Bed Bug Sniffers utilizes the acute sense of smell possessed by canines.

“Our bed bug dogs are unreal in terms of how accurate and fast they can be,” said Bed Bug Sniffers Owner Ryan Lees, who decided to open a canine bed bug inspection company in Burlington because he saw a need for more reliable bed bug detection services in his local community. “They’ve gone through certified training to be able to sniff around a room, immediately pick up the scent of bed bugs, and tell us where they’re located. The whole process only takes a couple of minutes per room.”

Lees added in the press release that the process is amazing to watch (and, we would have to say, likely the cutest way to get the bad news if you have bed bugs).

According to the American Kennel Club, dogs have around 225 million scent receptors in their noses while humans have only 5 million. By the way, for a somewhat related, fun quiz, check out the AKC’s “Sniffing Out the Sniffer” quiz at the following link, which lets people try out their hand at identifying dog breeds based on pictures of their noses: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/dog-nose-quiz/

Research conducted at the University of Florida shows that canines are able to identify the presence of bed bugs versus other insects with a positive accuracy rate of 97.5% and that they can also differentiate live bed bugs and viable eggs from dead ones with an accuracy rate of 95%.

Bed Bug Sniffers officially opened for business in January 2021. It provides bed bug inspection services to residential and commercial customers in Burlington, Cherry Hill, Mount Holly, and surrounding communities. For more information, visit: https://www.bed-bug-sniffers.com/


•Pfiester, Margie et al. “Ability of bed bug-detecting canines to locate live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs.” Journal of economic entomology vol. 101,4 (2008): 1389-96. doi:10.1603/0022-0493(2008)101[1389:aobbct]2.0.co;2


Australian shepherd wins ‘Farm Dog of the Year’ award for hard work, devotion and making life better

Pet therapy stories blog launched to honor dog helping humans

Working from home with pets keeps their people on their toes, study shows

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As the work landscape has changed dramatically over the past year with many now working remotely due to the health threat created by Covid-19, research by anthrozoologist Christy Hoffman, Ph. D, shows companion animals play a role in this new teleworking experience.

According to a press release, Hoffman, associate professor of Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) at Canisius College, examined the experience of teleworking with dogs and cats during Covid-19.

The study looked at data collected from participants who were pet owners, non-pet owners, and those who had experience working both from home and the office.

I Don't always bark, but when I do my human is on an important online meeting memeNot surprisingly, the study showed teleworkers spent more quality time with their companion animals and human family members when they worked from home. But, results also revealed that, when working from home, individuals with dogs were more likely than those without dogs to report they socialized with other people, got a healthy amount of physical activity, and took at least one 15-minute walk during the workday.

Some participants, particularly those in households containing both dogs and cats, indicated that their pets created distractions during the workday.

Hoffman’s research, “The Experience of Teleworking with Dogs and Cats in the United States during Covid-19,”  was published in the January 2021 edition of Animals, an international peer-reviewed open access journal devoted entirely to animals, including companion animals, zoology and veterinary sciences.


Featured photo: Christy Hoffman, Ph. D. and friend.


Survey shows 1 out of 5 people prefer working alongside pets over coworkers

Back to work? Will your dog or cat miss you now that they’re used to you being home all the time?

Ten pet lover backgrounds for Microsoft Team and other online meetings

Company may be called War Room, but their rescued kittens and dogs roam together in peace

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When people hear the name “War Room,” their initial thought might be: ‘whoa, that sounds intense.’

And to be sure, War Room’s, an ad company, has a team of ‘DigiNerds’ who work hard strategizing and optimizing advertising campaigns for clients.

But the company also is also a big family that adores furry friends. In fact, they pride themselves on being the most pet-friendly office in Canada.

War Room office dogs love treats and work* alongside their owners.

And dogs in the workplace are more than just fun to have around. According to, Lifelearn Animal Health there are numerous benefits of having a dog-friendly workplace, including:

  • A great boost in office morale
  • Aids in team building
  • Promotes a more active lifestyle
  • No more lonely dogs stuck at home

War Room doesn’t forget about cats either.

CEO, Mike Tyler, has been fostering animals for over 15 years. With a big heart for animals and seeing the positive impact having pets in the workspace has, Mike had an idea: why not foster office kittens, too?

Ever since then, War Room has become a long-term partner with the BCSPCA and a few other kitten rescue organizations.

Some of the kittens come as fearless adventurers, some others take more time to come out of their shell.

During their time at the War Room, the kittens grow and become socialized sweethearts that love people and dogs alike.

The staff form close bonds with the animals, and it’s always tough to say goodbye. But the team is excited that they find forever homes.

One of War Room’s favourite kittens is Enzo. Enzo came to the War Room at just 2 weeks old. They had to teach him to use the litter box. The office was a jungle for him. His routine would be: hop onto desks, cuddle on laps, and show the office pups who’s boss.

Enzo made cameos in meetings and calls on Zoom with clients. Enzo loved all the attention he got.

Mountain Biking Tourism Association ended up adopting him, and now he roams and romps around their office.

The office dogs are rescues, so the office is a safe and relaxed environment for both the cats and dogs to acquaint themselves and build confidence together.


*work for War Room pets means mostly nap and occasionally wandering around for cuddles.

Source: https://www.newswire.com/news/war-room-inc-the-most-pet-friendly-office-in-canada-21199460

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Nationwide becomes human-animal bond company

How to avoid common mistakes when bringing your pet to work

Ten pet lover backgrounds for Microsoft Team and other online meetings

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If you’re anything like us, you have spent  A LOT, like a mind-numbing amount, of time in Microsoft Team meetings lately.

And, like us, you might also be seeking a way to spice up the meeting bit or bring some of your personality to the forum.

That’s why we’re releasing our new, free pet-related backgrounds that you can download and install in Microsoft Teams or use for backgrounds in other virtual meetings.

So, here they are. Choose the one you like best or download them all and mix it up from one meeting to another.

person in front of cat background

Example of this background in use during a meeting.

  1. Our Mid-Century Modern Cat Background should bring a nice retro vibe to any virtual meeting.

And, if your real kitty tries to join in during a meeting–as many cats seem to love to do–his or her meeting cameo appearance might be less of a distraction since you will already be adorned by cats.


Mid century modern cats on red egg chair

2. Pop Art Donut Cat (inspired by the work of Andy Warhol) might just be the background for your next morning meeting. The combo of cats, donuts and bright colors should have even non-morning people smiling.

Warhol-like doughnut painting with cats

3. Professional cats conference. Here’s a background showing some fluffy business professionals joining in on your conference.

cats in a virtual meeting graphic

4. Brick House With Cats. You can also download the background that says to the world, “I’d rather be home with my cats… Oh, wait, I am.”

cats in front of brick house background

5. Beach Window With Cats. Or, you can incorporate a nice beach atmosphere with these three cute kitties in the window background.

three cats in window looking at beach

6. Abstract Cat and Butterfly. This next one may serve two purposes: Hopefully, it will make others smile, and maybe it will also serve as a subtle reminder to all to keep the meeting moving so everyone can get out and enjoy the outdoors as soon as it’s over.

cat and butterly graphic

7.  Koi Pond. Of course, we don’t want to forget other types of pets, so here’s a lovely koi pond that will likely help bring a little tranquility to your meetings.

koi and lilly pads background

8. Puppy Pattern. If your dog is anything like ours are, an online meeting means, ‘Hey, it’s time to bark.’ But, these little fellas should be nice and quiet, and, hopefully, a great hit with the group in your next online discussion.

dogs with balls graphic

9 and 10. Our White and Black Fur Background and our Pink and Black Fur Background are both classic ways of showing your love for all kinds of furry friends.

black and white fur background

We hope you enjoy these backgrounds and that they bring a little  whimsy to your future meetings!

Not sure how to download and install into Microsoft Teams? Here’s a quick video that shows how.

All backgrounds above created by Barbara Bullington. You are welcome to use the above background images without permission/attribution for decorative purposes within online meetings. For questions about other uses, such as commercial ventures, please contact Barbara Bullington.

Nationwide becomes human-animal bond company

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Nationwide, the first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., has become a Human-Animal Bond Certified Company.

The North American Veterinary Community and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), joint founders of the Human-Animal Bond Certification program, recently announced the news about Nationwide.

As part of the certification process, all Nationwide pet associates will:

• complete human-animal bond training,

• learn about the science behind the human-animal bond

• and gaining a deeper understanding of how this science supports pet health and the practice of veterinary medicine.

“Becoming Human-Animal Bond certified is an honor and a process that we are committed to in every interaction we have with pets and their families,” said Heidi Sirota, Nationwide’s Chief Pet Officer. “We know the more we learn, the more we can protect them.”

More than a thousand professionals have signed up for this Human-Animal Bond Certification program, which offers 22 hours of Registry of Approved Continuing Education-approved continuing education credit.

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors considered essential to the health and well-being of both.

“Nationwide has earned this meaningful recognition through its significant commitment to human-animal bond research, education and professional development,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI Executive Director. “Being a Human-Animal Bond Certified Company recognizes that Nationwide is strengthening the human-animal bond as a core part of its mission.”

Launched in 2018, the NAVC Human-Animal Bond Certification prepares veterinarians and animal care staff to recognize and promote the importance of the bond between pets and their families. The program evaluates the science, communication, community engagement, animal welfare and wellness, and medical care needed to create and maintain a positive human-animal bond.

Important for their certification, Nationwide has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the human-animal bond by making sizeable investments in independent research on the benefits of companion animals for those such as:

•people with autism,

•veterans with PTSD

•and people with cancer diagnoses.

The work also researches the benefits of animals in assisting children and adults on the autistic spectrum.

Nationwide’s support for the human-animal bond and the role of pets in society is further demonstrated by their groundbreaking research on pet-inclusive workplaces. In partnership with HABRI, Nationwide has shown how pets and pet-friendly benefits, including pet health insurance, are increasingly important to the millennial workforce, enhancing employee wellbeing, as well as company recruitment, retention, engagement and presenteeism.

“Nationwide is committed to protecting our members’ pets through our direct relationships with pet owners and through our veterinary partners,” said Dr. Jules Benson, Nationwide’s associate vice president of Veterinary Relations. “Understanding and sharing the science of the human-animal bond helps all of us as individuals, families and communities.”

To learn more about the Human-Animal Bond Certification and to find out how you or your clinic can become certified, please visit NAVC.com/HAB.

About NAVC

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, with offices in Orlando, Florida, the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a non-profit organization providing world-class professional development to the global veterinary healthcare community. Its largest event, VMX, hosts thousands of veterinary professionals each year. Other offerings include VetFolio, an online CE platform in conjunction with LifeLearn; the NAVC Institute; the Veterinary Innovation Council; an Industry Services Division; and its Media Division, consisting of: Today’s Veterinary Business, Today’s Veterinary Nurse, Today’s Veterinary Practice, Veterinary Advantage and an online news and lifestyle channel, Spark!

In 2018, the NAVC launched its Certifications division including the Human-Animal Bond Certification and added the Veterinary Business Leader Certification and the Pet Nutrition Coach Certification in 2019. Visit NAVC.com for more details.


HABRI is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information, please visit www.habri.org.

About Nationwide pet insurance

Nationwide pet health insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

About Nationwide

Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: https://www.prweb.com/releases/nationwide_insurance_becomes_human_animal_bond_certified_company/prweb16956378.htm

How to avoid common mistakes when bringing your pet to work

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(Petplan Press Release) — Mark your calendars and fetch your lint rollers: This year, June 17 is Pet Sitters Take Your Cat to Work Day and June 21 is Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day®.

But, while companies may roll out the red carpet to welcome employee pets during these annual events, or on other work days during the year, ignoring basic no-no’s can keep an office from being truly pet friendly.

Fortunately, Petplan knows a thing or two about keeping pets safe in the workplace: their office is completely pet friendly, allowing employees to bring their pets to work with them every day.

To help the rest of us keep work pets safe (and compensation claims to a minimum), Petplan lists some common mistakes employers make that can put office pets in peril.

Petplan’s Top Five Take Your Pet to Work Day “Faux Paws”
  • Keep trash cans within reach covered.

    Pets have a penchant for digging in garbage and eating what they find there (whether it’s food or not). GI upset is the most common insurance claim at Petplan — and not cheap to treat (average cost $850*)! To prevent tummy troubles, workers should be sure to keep cans covered. Or better yet: do away with individual trash cans for the day.

  • Clear foreign objects from the floor.

    Pens, pen caps, pushpins and other office staples (like staples!) are commonly found on floors, and can become serious and expensive hazards if they get stuck in a pet’s digestive tract. And don’t forget wires and cables that can give pets a shocking experience. Make sure the cleaning crew does a thorough sweep the night before — or at least have employees sniff around for any stray items before pets arrive, and tuck wires safely away to avoid temptation.

  • Erratic traffic patterns.

    Rolling office chairs can be a danger to tails, and injuries can steamroll a pet parent’s budget. While getting rid of chairs may not be possible, employees should be extra careful and always check under desks before sitting down.

  • Too much food.

    Coffee and leftover birthday cake, and snacks, such as certain types of nuts or granola with raisins, are all poisonous to pets. Dispose of or safely secure all food items before little scavengers come calling.

  • No rules in place.

    No matter how friendly the pet, a new environment can create stress. It’s a good idea for Human Resources to send a memo in advance detailing dog and cat etiquette — and establishing a zero tolerance policy for aggression.

“There’s a strong bond that forms between pets and their parents, and allowing pets in the office is a natural extension of that,” says Petplan co-founder and co-CEO Natasha Ashton. “Besides, nothing lightens the mood of a challenging workday like having a dog or cat sit in on an important meeting or help answer a few phones.”

But while taking your pet to work is a great perk, says Ashton, the wellbeing of pets and their people should always come first. “Make sure all employees and pets are on the same page before letting the workplace go to the dogs — and cats.”

Taking pet to work infographic

About Petplan

Petplan has built the industry’s leading pet insurance for pet parents who demand a higher pedigree of care for their best friends. The company has  leveraged 40 years of global experience to create customizable coverage for pet parents, and claims service that operates 24 hours a day, every day.

Petplan’s innovative approach to pet insurance has been recognized by Forbes, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Inc. magazine, Smart CEO, the Communicator Awards, Ernst & Young and many others.

For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit www.gopetplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.


Wow! This pet bird may have been the first White House pet

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Richard J. Adler publishes “White House Mockingbird”

Cover of "White House Mockingbird"

(SBPRA) — Bird lovers and history buffs can share both interests with their children through an illustrated children’s book.

“White House Mockingbird,” by Richard J. Adler, tells the story of how Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, kept a mockingbird as a pet in his study.

Although presidents before him also had pets, Jefferson is thought to be the first to have a pet that lived in the White House. Birds were his favorite animals. During his time in the White House, he wrote observations on the types of birds that he spotted in the area.

Dick the Mockingbird was the name of one of President Jefferson’s pet birds. Dick was just a fledgling when he fell out of his nest and was rescued by Anne, Jeff and Ellen Randolph, the president’s grandchildren. The children then sent Dick to live with their grandfather in Washington because, “It’s so lonely living in the White House.”

Told in the first person and through 22 beautiful illustrations, Dick the Mockingbird “makes learning fun as children get a bird’s-eye view of President Thomas Jefferson’s presidency,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.

“White House Mockingbird” is available through Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/White-House-Mockingbird-Richard-Adler/dp/1628570504) and Barnes & Noble (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/white-house-mockingbird-richard-j-adler/1125989021).

About the Author
Richard J. Adler lives in San Ramon, California with his wife and two sons. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley. He is an avid reader of history and biographies. Adler is also a self-taught artist. He spent many hours practicing and learning to draw and paint through trial and error.

Although he had a passion for creating art during his high school and college years, his artistic aspirations got pushed to the side when he pursued a career in the insurance industry and raised a family. He picked up the brush again only when he painted “Corsair Launch at Dawn” as a gift to his father-in-law, a Navy carrier pilot during the Korean War, on his 80th birthday.

Some of his art has since been exhibited at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco.

Long Island company’s pet policy now includes pigs

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SupplyHouse.com employee’s pet pig hogs all the attention in the office

MELVILLE, New York (PRNewswire) — SupplyHouse.com, an e-commerce company that sells plumbing, heating and HVAC supplies, modified their in office pet policy to allow pigs.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5th, employee Steve Erickson brought his pet pig, Truffles, to the office for a day of snorts and tail wagging.


While dogs tend to be the norm around the office (and on the website), Erickson was eager to bring in his ­­now 24-pound pet pig.

“I really enjoyed seeing everyone bring their dogs in the office,” said Erickson. “Once I got Truffles, I thought it would be so much fun to introduce my new pet to my coworkers. Plus, it was right around the same time as the Chinese New Year, and it just so happens to be the year of the pig. The timing was perfect.”

Because a pig has never been to the company’s headquarters before, Erickson reached out to the Human Resources department in hopes that a pig would fall under the current pet policy.

“We implemented our pet policy about three years ago now,” said Julie Collins, Human Resources Associate. “I was a little nervous [to have a pig come into the office] because dogs have been the only four legged friends to join us up until now, but they [dogs] bring so much joy and I knew a pig would do the same.”

Employees were thrilled to hear that a pig was going to be visiting the office.

“It felt like when Ed Sullivan introduced The Beatles, everybody was so excited,” said Erickson.”There was a buildup for a few days of everybody asking when she was coming. I imagine there’s not a lot of workplaces that would have let me bring her in.”

Now, both dogs and pigs alike are welcome in the office, whether it’s for a few hours or the whole day. Such opportunities allow employees to get to know one another a bit more through their four legged friends.

WMPDT Editor’s note: We do not know if the pig went “weee, weee, weee all the way home.”

Survey shows having a pet can help lead to success

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A survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital® discovered a correlation between pets and professional achievements: 93 percent of C-suite executives surveyed in the U.S. grew up with a pet, with 78 percent attributing their career success in part to owning a pet as a child.

VANCOUVER, Washington (PRNewswire) — Pets bring joy, companionship and comfort to people’s lives every day, but new research found business leaders believe pet ownership contributed to their success.

A survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital® discovered a correlation between pets and professional achievements: 93 percent of C-suite executives surveyed in the U.S. grew up with a pet, with 78 percent attributing their career success in part to owning a pet as a child.

“At Banfield Pet Hospital, we’ve long recognized the special bond between people and their pets, as well as the positive impact pets have on our society,” said Brian Garish, president of Banfield Pet Hospital. “From the pet ownership lessons we learned as children, to the ways our four-legged friends currently help us evolve, connect with others, and stay grounded, our latest research supports the notion we’ve had all along – that there may be a link between pets and their ability to help shape us as people.”

Unleashing success infographic

Banfield’s survey found childhood pet ownership may influence business success, and it isn’t just dogs and cats that have a positive impact.

While more than four in five (83 percent) C-suite executives surveyed grew up with a dog, and almost three in five (59 percent) grew up with a cat, nearly two in five (37 percent) grew up with pets like birds, rabbits or rodents.

Regardless of the pet, top business leaders agree their pet companions taught them valuable lessons as a child, such as responsibility, empathy and creativity – qualities they believe helped them to thrive as leaders in the workplace.

Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of those surveyed said their childhood pet taught them more valuable lessons than their first internship. C-suite executives feel their pets also helped them to develop other important leadership skills, including discipline (92 percent), organization (79 percent), and the ability to identify and anticipate business needs (38 percent).

Many leaders surveyed also felt having a childhood pet unlocked vital lessons in creativity.

Eighty-four percent of C-Suite executives who grew up with a pet said they’re creative, and almost three in five (59 percent) credit their childhood pet for having a positive impact on their ability to think outside the box.

More than three in four (77 percent) said walking a pet helps them brainstorm business ideas and boosts creativity at work.

Didn’t grow up with a pet? Not to worry, as Banfield’s survey also suggests, current pet ownership can go a long way in the workplace.

Nearly all current pet owners surveyed reported they stick to a schedule or routine (86 percent), have better time management (86 percent) and are good at multitasking (86 percent) because of their pets.

Sixty-two percent of C-suite executives surveyed believe pets had a positive impact on their ability to build relationships with co-workers and clients—and that’s true of both working professionals and C-suite executives, with 80 percent of those surveyed reporting they feel more connected to colleagues who are pet owners. Nearly the same number (79 percent) think co-workers with pets are hard workers.

When it comes to future generations, almost all (90 percent) of C-suite executives surveyed feel children would be more successful at school if they cared for a pet.

Some business leaders shared they were responsible for taking care of their childhood pet, including grooming (54 percent), training (42 percent) and health needs (36 percent).

For more information about Banfield Pet Hospital, visit www.Banfield.com.

About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Founded in Portland, Ore. in 1955, Banfield is the largest general-veterinary practice in the U.S. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today has more than 1,000 hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 3,500 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care for over three million pets annually. In 2018, Banfield, including the work of the Banfield Foundation, was named among Points of Light’s The Civic 50 as one of the most community-minded companies in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. Press seeking additional information are invited to call the Media Hotline: (888) 355-0595.

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