MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s still plenty of discussion about making sure parents get maternity leave and paternity leave, and whether or not American business standards are generous enough compared to other countries.

Now, the question has popped up over what’s getting called “paw-ternity” time. A number of businesses in the United Kingdom have now started offering employees the option to take time off for new pets.

The time would be used to train, comfort and establish their pet’s place in their homes.

A number of pet owners in the U.S. have taken note and are calling for similar benefits on this side of the pond.

As one pointed out in an editorial, studies have shown pet owners have lower blood pressure, better physical fitness, and higher rates of happiness.

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