More Companies Are Offering Pet Health Insurance as a Perk

Your pets get lonely while you’re at work. They pine for you, they destroy items of your clothing and they wait. And they wait. Shouldn’t they be getting some benefits from your employer?

It turns out that an increasing number of American pets are indeed being included in their human companions’ benefits package.

According to Nationwide pet insurance, more than 5,000 companies and organizations have added Nationwide pet insurance to their voluntary benefits portfolio, including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Hewlett-Packard, Levi Strauss & Co., Microsoft, T-Mobile, Xerox, adidas and Yahoo!.

Several employers now paying as much as 100% of their employees’ pet insurance premiums.

This makes for a nice perk, since 65 percent of Americans own at least one pet. Pet care costs can be a burden, so anything that can offset them can make for a happier employee.

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