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Give Employees the Gift of Healthy Pets

Julianne Bartlett
December 12, 2022

We all love our pets. Let’s keep them healthy!

Your benefits plan likely offers coverage for your employees’ human dependents, but what about their furbabies? With nearly 70% of U.S. households owning a pet, there’s a good chance many of your employees fall into the category of doting pet owner. 

Take a look at the 2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, and there’s no denying how important pets are to their owners: 80% of pet owners believe a pet is beneficial to their health; 68% believe their pets bring them happiness, and 62% feel they lower stress.

Whether they’re a brand-new addition to the family or long-time companion, people want to take care of their pets the same as they would any other family member. 

But just like other family members, when it comes to staying healthy, there are associated costs. The American Kennel Club notes that routine veterinarian visits for a dog can range from $700-$1,500 a year.

The Rise of Voluntary Benefits

At Ease, we know the importance of benefits, and so do employers. 22.65% of employers surveyed in our 2022 Open Enrollment Readiness Report say leveraging benefits to attract talent and reduce turnover is a top priority going into 2023.  

And it’s not just any benefits that are an important part of a retention strategy, but particularly voluntary benefits. According to Eastbridge Consulting’s new MarketVision™—The Employer Viewpoint® report, nontraditional voluntary benefits continue to increase in popularity. Among the most popular? Financial benefits involving pets. 

Make it Easy with Ease Marketplace Partners

Ease Marketplace partners offer a variety of voluntary benefits, from identity theft protection to pet-care benefits and more. If you’re considering adding pet-care benefits to your employees’ voluntary benefits options, the Ease Marketplace has you covered.

United Pet Care

United Pet Care (UPC) is an Ease Marketplace partner servicing the pet-benefits industry. They offer easy, instant, and affordable pet-care plans, with no exclusions due to age, pre-existing or breed-specific conditions, or animal type. 

Unlike traditional pet insurance, United Pet Care allows members to save 20-50% on every vet visit, every time through their network of 1,500+ veterinarians. Plus, UPC membership also includes 24/7 access to a pet helpline for all pet health-related questions. 

Give Happy, Healthy Holidays

For many pet owners, the holidays are a special time for the whole family — including their pets! In fact, numbers from the American Pet Products Association reveal that 79% of dog owners bought their pet a present at Christmas.

Give employees and their beloved four-legged family members peace of mind this holiday season. Give them the gift of health.

Already an Ease user? Have your broker log in to their broker marketplace to enable United Pet Care for your group.

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