Playing Like the Pros: Pets & Football Players Share Surprising Traits

Playing Like the Pros: Pets & Football Players Share Surprising Traits


Petplan compares common qualities – and injuries – of pros and pooches

Newtown Square, PA (January 4, 2017) – What does your furry friend have in common with football’s best athletes? Probably more than you think! In fact, the host of the National Dog Show on NBC and former professional football publicist David Frei tells Petplan pet insurance the players and our playmates share many of the same traits (and traumas).

As we inch closer to the Big Game, Frei picked a pedigree that parallels some favorite playoff players — and Petplan named the injuries* they can have in common:








As David Frei’s pairings highlight, the talent to run fast and take on anything isn’t the only thing linking our pets with professional players.

“Pets are a lot like football players in that they take life at full speed and stop at nothing to play the game. But what makes a champion on the field and in your backyard can lead to serious injury”, says Petplan Veterinary Manager Elyse Donnarumma. “In fact, pets probably rack up medical bills as fast as any athlete — every six seconds a pet parent is handed a vet bill over $3,000! For pets and players, good preventive care is key…and it never hurts to have a little help paying the bills.”

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* Source: 2015 Petplan claims data

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