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UK employers offer 'Pawternity' leave for pet owners

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Some companies in the United Kingdom are embracing a new concept known as "Paw-ternity" leave.

Mars Chocolate was the first to offer its workers 10 hours of paid leave after getting a new pet.

New research shows 20 percent of workers ask for time off when caring for a new animal.

Dog owners take about six days off work, cat owners take half that.

Many pet experts agree that new pet owners should try their best to clear their schedule for the first few days following a new animal’s arrival.

It’s clear that spending time with your fur baby is in the pet’s best interest but it might be in your employer’s too.

According to Psychology Today, pet owners have better self-esteem, fitness, sociability and happiness than non-pet owners.

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