Covid-19: School absences rise and pets lonely as owners go back to work

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Missing your pooch now you’re back at work? Well, they’re probably missing you, too. In fact, analysis suggests that insurers are increasingly covering claims for treatment of distressed dogs as their owners return to work. Of an estimated 12 million dogs in the UK, about 3.2 million were acquired as puppies during the Covid crisis. Market analysts Defaqto said 44% of dog insurance policies now included full cover for behaviour, compared with 30% in February last year. It means insurers cover the cost of behavioural therapy recommended by a vet to treat an animal’s emotional distress – perhaps owing to separation.

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