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At Mars, we live, love and celebrate pets every day to make the world better for pets. Mars Petcare calls the Paw-purratzi informing our furry stakeholders they can be the next megastars on social media. In addition, Banfield Pet Hospital® released their 2016 State of Pet Health Report™ to update our four-legged stakeholders on important medical data analyzing trends from the past 10 years. Plus, Banfield’s PAWrometer study illustrates how pets can make their humoms and humdads happier in the workplace.

BANFIELD® Releases 2016 State of Pet Health Report™

Banfield Pet Hospital®, the world’s largest veterinary practice, released its 2016 State of Pet Health Report™ on April 22, the most comprehensive pet health report ever compiled. The report is comprised of medical data from 2.5 million dogs and nearly 500,000 cats. This annual publication, created by Banfield's research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), analyzed data from 3 million total pets cared for in 2015 in Banfield's 925 hospitals spanning 43 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report analyzes trends from the past 10 years and contains details of the most common and medically important diagnoses affecting dogs and cats, according to their age, breed and geographical location. The data is broken down into distinct health sections, covering: diabetes mellitus, heartworm disease, dental disease, otitis externa (ear infection), fleas and ticks and internal parasites.

art quote-01.pngThe report suggests that just as in humans, diseases such as diabetes are rising in pets – canine diabetes has increased by 79.9 percent since 2006. Additionally, the report highlights that dental disease has increased by 8 percent for dogs and 9.7 percent for cats since the initial report was released in 2011. The greatest occurrence of dental disease in 2015 in dogs was found in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Nevada while the greatest prevalence for cats was in Nevada, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington. The report also indicates that Puerto Rico is ranked among the top five states and territories for heartworm disease in dogs as well as otitis externa, ticks, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms in dogs and cats.

"Now in its sixth year, this report was created because we wanted to use our knowledge and research to help educate pet owners and raise profession-wide awareness for some of the most common and important diagnoses affecting the health of pets in the United States," said Daniel Aja, DVM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield Pet Hospital. "It is our hope that the information in this report continues to serve as a catalyst for pet owners to partner with veterinary teams to help pets live better lives through preventive care."

To view the full report, click here.

BANFIELD™ PAWrometer Study: Pets Improve
Office Culture

pet in office image-01.pngFour-legged friends roaming around the workplace could be better for your company than you might think.

In March, Banfield Pet Hospital® released its first ever Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer™ (pets at work barometer) survey, revealing the positive impact pet-friendly workplaces have on employees and Human Resources (HR) decision makers alike. The survey was developed to explore the large-scale prevalence, impact and perceptions of pets in the workplace as it relates to employees and company culture. Until this research, there have been no comprehensive studies on the perceptions of employees and HR decision makers at both pet-friendly and non-pet-friendly workplaces on the topic of pets in the office.

The vast majority of responses indicate that pet-friendly workplaces have a positive impact (employees: 70 percent; HR decision makers: 77 percent), boost morale (employees: 88 percent; HR decision makers: 91 percent) and contribute to talent retention and loyalty (employees: 82 percent; HR decision makers: 91 percent).
study image-01.pngIn addition, 64 percent of HR decision makers at pet-friendly companies report that candidates inquire about pet policies, indicating pet-friendly workplaces provide employers with a competitive edge in the recruitment process.

While more than one in five employees and HR decision makers report that their employers allow them to bring pets to the office, half of all pet-friendly workplaces do not a have a formal pet policy; of these, roughly half of respondents believe it would be difficult to implement a pet-friendly policy. That said, three-quarters of HR decision makers that have implemented such a policy reported the implementation process was not difficult.

“At Banfield, we know first-hand the important role pets play in our lives. Our headquarters has always been pet-friendly and we are proud to be part of the Mars Petcare family, which also prioritizes pet-friendly workplaces,” said Tami Majer, senior vice president, people and organization for Banfield Pet Hospital. “We introduced the PAWrometer™ to help close the research gap on the impact of pet-friendly workplace policies from an employee and HR decision maker standpoint, and we hope these findings will broaden the conversation around the value of having pets at work.”

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