How to avoid common mistakes when bringing your pet to work

Reading Time: 3 minutes

(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 or call 1-866-467-3875.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.