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Why you should take your dog to work

Blog post | 21 Jun 2018

Pets can be loyal, lovable — and they can be good for your health. That's why office-based workers everywhere will be bringing their canine friends in with them this International Take Your Dog to Work Day, Friday June 22. It's also becoming an increasingly popular thing to do, year-round.

Dogs are good for you 

Pet owners are less likely to experience loneliness and depression. Research also shows pet ownership is associated with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and increased physical activity.

Pets can even benefit cancer patients, improving their perception of health and helping prevent depression. Pets may help children with autism spectrum disorder, since an increase in the ‘love’ hormone oxytocin may allow them to bond and to trust others more freely.  

Exposure to pets may also reduce the likelihood of children developing allergies

Before taking your dog to work 

Got a pooch? Before bringing your dog to work, consider this advice from the RSPCA. It’s important not to impact the health, welfare or safe working environment of your colleagues – plus any other pets that are visiting. 

  • Check with your office to see if bringing your dog to work is appropriate and allowed.

  • Check if anyone at your workplace is allergic to dogs and ask them if bringing your dog to work would adversely impact their health.

  • Ensure your dog is currently healthy so they don't spread any potential infections and is up to date with their vaccinations.

  • Ensure your dog is identified (including by microchip – and that your contact details are up to date on the microchip register).

  • Assess whether your dog has been well socialised with other dogs and people.

  • Ensure the office environment is safe for pets. Cables, cords and rubbish bins can be hazardous for pets.

  • Supervise your dog and make sure they won't be able to escape or get lost by accident.

For more tips on keeping your dog (and colleagues) safe at work on International Take Your Dog to Work Day, or on any day, visit the RSPCA.

For more information on pets and mental health, visit ReachOut or Head to Health.

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