What’s to become of the pets when the pandemic wanes? According to survey results released Tuesday, there’s much to bark about.
According to MetLife Pet Insurance’s new Pet Parent Pulse Survey, 74% of working pet parents are thinking about pet care costs during the transition back to work, while 95% anticipate that a transition back to the office will cause a change in their pet’s routine, or otherwise impact their pet’s overall health.
The survey also found 40 % of working pet parents are concerned about the expenses associated with their pet’s health care should something go wrong and 34% are worried about the cost to prepare their pet for this transition.
Younger workers are particularly worried about this — with 85% of Gen Z and 76% of millennial respondents having some level of concern over these potential expenses, compared with 37% of baby boomers.
“In one way or another, all employees will likely experience either personal or professional adjustments once they enter this next phase of work — but for those who are pet parents, these considerations don’t end with employees and their human families,” Katie Blakeley, vice president and head of MetLife Pet Insurance, said in a statement. “For employees with pets, pet care and overall pet health are often top-of-mind and employers need to consider this as they reimagine the workplace experience.”