Friday, June 23, 2017

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Petplan’s Top Five Take Your Pet to Work Day “Faux Paws”

#1: Open trash cans within reach. Pets have a penchant for digging in the 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! To prevent tummy troubles, workers should be sure to keep cans covered. Or better yet: do away with individual trash cans for the day.
Average cost to treat (GI upset): $850*

#2: Foreign objects on 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.  
Average cost to treat (foreign body ingestion): $1,700*

#3: Erratic traffic patterns. Rolling office chairs can be a wheel danger; tail injuries are a common concern. So much movement is like an obstacle course for pets trying to catch a catnap — 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.
Average cost to treat (tail injury): $700*

#4: Too much food. Break room staples like coffee, leftover birthday cake and snack options like certain types of nuts or granola with raisins are all poisonous to pets. Dispose of or safely secure all food items (or eat them!) before little scavengers come calling.
Average cost to treat (food poisoning): $850*

#5: No rules in place. No matter how friendly the pet, a new environment can create stress. It’s a good idea for HR to keep everyone on a short leash by sending a memo in advance detailing dog and cat etiquette — and establishing a zero tolerance policy for aggression.
Average cost to treat (bite wound): $800*

“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, the well-being of pets and their people should always come first,” says Ashton. “Make sure all employees and pets are on the same page before letting the workplace go to the dogs — and cats.”

*Based on 2016 Petplan claims data.
**Information and contents of this post were provided by Petplan.
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19 comments :

  1. Alas...SHE was a teacher, so we weren't allowed to go to work with her.

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  2. I have to work with her efurry day as her pawsona snoopervisor ... and it is a hard job to avoid any mischief in that house...

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  3. We are lucky we get to be at work with Mom every day since she works from home. Katie used to go to the office with her in Germany and they both loved it.

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  4. I LUFFS going to work wiv Mum, I am a pawsome commuter!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  5. Margarita loves going to work with me and visiting the kids!

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  6. Bill loves taking Stella to work. He is an over the road trucker. She is an excellent trucking dog. His last employer loved her. When he left there, everyone in the office said, "What about Stella?!" They wanted her to stay!

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  7. It would have been so nie to bring Sam to work with me when I was at the law firm. The crabbish folks could do with a dose of goofiness and who doesn't like taking a moment to lower one's blood pressure? Now he and Elsa just work in the studio with me and I couldn't be happier about it well except when Elsa chews something up. BOL

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  8. I used to go to work every day when I was a pup. My peeps had a pharmacy. I'd be in the back warehouse area while they packaged pills, or I'd sleep in the front office where the the billing lady was. Everyone was extra careful not to drop any pills.

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  9. I used to go to work every day when I was a pup. My peeps had a pharmacy. I'd be in the back warehouse area while they packaged pills, or I'd sleep in the front office where the the billing lady was. Everyone was extra careful not to drop any pills.

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  10. We wish! Mom is not allowed
    Lily & Edward

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  11. The mom doesn't work anymore...and we're not dogs...so we're not missing out on anything.

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  12. We told mom she had to take us to work but she said she wasn't going to get a job just so we could go there.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  13. It's a good thing Mom works at home. Plus she says you may want to increase the "tail injury" cost by about DOUBLE!! That's what it cost when I caught my tail in the door a few months ago.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  14. I wish this was an option for me. Unfortunately, with some coworkers with allergies, and others who are afraid of dogs, I don't think it will ever be allowed.

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  15. Great post. I get to take my pets to work at the vet clinic with me.

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  16. I used to occasionally take one of the dogs to work with me, but Kobi whined a lot (because my office was upstairs away from all the action) and it was very distracting! :)
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  17. Taking your dog to work can be lots of fun, but thanks for reminding us about the importance of preparing your work environment for their visit!

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  18. This is terrific! I love the graphic & the faux paws, perfect for Take Your Dog To Work Day.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  19. This is terrific! I love the graphic & the faux paws, perfect for Take Your Dog To Work Day.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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