In Dogged Pursuit of Success: Petplan Pet Insurance Gives Kitty and Canine Co-workers Credit for Increased Productivity

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Celebrating “Take Your Dog to Work Day” every day can result in a happier, healthier and harder-working team.

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Picturing pets in an office may bring to mind scratched furniture and a fur-covered frenzy, but open the doors to Petplan pet insurance, and you’re more likely to encounter wagging tails and peaceful purring. And that’s just the two-legged employees. When it comes to pets in the workplace, Petplan has found that furry friends are a boon to booming businesses.

In honor of Pet Sitters International’s “Take Your Dog to Work Day” on June 21, Petplan serves as an example of how businesses can take advantage of a perk that pays off, from attracting top talent to promoting productivity.

“Here at Petplan, we delight in sharing our workplace with our pets every day, not just because we love them, but because they help make us a better company,” says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “While some may consider pets too distracting for a professional setting, studies actually show the opposite is true, and Petplan’s proof is in the pudding. We have always welcomed pets in the workplace – a company policy that provides flexibility and promotes productivity to our team while we experience explosive growth in an emerging marketplace.” Ashton continued, “For us, being passionate about helping pets isn’t just what we do for a living; it’s what we live for.”

When it comes to the dogged pursuit of excellence, pets and work go hand in paw. Need some proof? Consider the following statistics:

  •     Paws for Productivity: For many pet parents (including Petplan team members!), home is where our pets are – so it makes sense that they’d enjoy spending more time in a pet-friendly office. Indeed, when the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association conducted a survey of pet-friendly businesses, 73% said that pets helped to create a more productive working environment. One possible reason? More than half reported that employees were happy to stay longer at work with their pets by their side, rather than needing to rush home to care for them.
  •     Stress Less: As Petplan team members can attest, taking a break to pet a favorite furry friend is not only refreshing (and oftentimes, laughter-inducing!), but it also improves their health. According to a 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study, employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol – but even those who simply work alongside pets can benefit. Experts agree that interaction with pets can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while increasing opportunities for exercise and socialization.
  •     Sniff Out Top Talent: In an age when companies are striving to stay ahead of the benefits curve, Petplan has seen first-hand how having a pet-friendly policies, including offering pet insurance as a voluntary employee benefit, can help attract talented prospects. In fact, in recent poll from The Bark magazine, many people selected a dog-friendly office over salary as the key component in where they prefer to work. In addition, pet health insurance is the third most-requested voluntary employee benefit. Giving prospective employees the option to bring their pets to work, and to protect their pets against the unexpected health care costs, reduces expenses for dog-walkers, pet daycare or vet bills, and helps eliminate worry.
  •     Pledge to Paw-ticipate: Pets can transform an office from monotonous to merry – but things can get messy if proper parameters are not established early. At Petplan, team members who bring furry friends to work must sign a “Pets at Work Pledge,” taking responsibility for their pet’s care at work, and certifying that their pet is housebroken, well-behaved and healthy. To read the full pledge, visit our Vets for Pets blog.

For more information about Petplan pet insurance, including how to join our ever-expanding team, visit

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. In February 2013, Petplan pet insurance was at No. 34 on Forbes annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2012). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit, read the Petplan “Vets for Pets” Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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