(Closed) Is caring for a pet a legit reason to miss work?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I definitely think so.. if you feel uncomfortable you can just say you have a “family emergency”, but I’ve at least last-minute worked from home because my rabbit ate a ton of bubble wrap.  My manager has two dogs that are her children though, so she understood.

Post # 4
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@spicyshimmer:  Never had this happen to me, either, but I would probably just take it as a sick day…

Post # 5
6529 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@spicyshimmer:  Im going to say yes bc I am an extrene animal lover but dont tell your job why you are calling out bc not everyone understands.

just say you are not feeling well or you have a family emergency. They have no right to ask you what that emergency is though

Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think it is, absolutely. My cat is my baby. Why shouldn’t I take a day off to care for him if he needs it, when parents do that for their human kids all the time? Sick is sick. I’ve done it before when I first got my kitten and he had an intestinal parasite and explosive diarrhea. I postponed a trip for work and stayed home from the office to take care of him and take him to the vet and give him his meds. I just explained to my boss what the situation was and he was totally cool with it. He also had a 15 year old cat that was sick so he understood. 

Post # 7
783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@spicyshimmer:  I would say you have a family emergency. If they ask, you can tell them you don’t want to talk about it, or you can tell them what happened. I’d be very worried myself and I wouldn’t even think about work.

I live in an apt building, and while I was taking my dog a little walk (so she could relieve herself before I went to work) she got out of her harness and started running. I called in and told them I would be late or absent and that I would call them when I found her and could give them an ETA. They understood.

I personally don’t like to call in sick when you’re not sick, its dishonest.

Post # 8
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Just take a personal day. Don’t go into details.

Post # 9
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

IMO hell yes!!!! I would just call and say family emergency. You shouldnt havbe to go into further details


Post # 10
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

i know you said you’ve recently started your job so I’m assuming you don’t know the environment well enough to judge how they would react to you staying home due to your situation. Knowing that I agree with the other pisters, call in sick or for a family emergency. just don’t change the story down the road and tell them it really was a pet emergency. As you learn your environment better you will know in the future if they would understand or not but right now I wouldn’t risk it. 

My work would totally understand. When my dog died two years ago, my manager gave me 2 days off and didn’t dock me vacation time and then let me work form home for another 2 daYes. People can surprise you. 

Post # 11
851 posts
Busy bee

@MissMay3003:  +1

In my opinion, yes, without question. Obstructions can be dangerous and can require quick medical care.

However some people aren’t so understanding, particularly those who don’t have and/or don’t care about pets. I had a similar situation with my lab puppy, where he ate something and I had to watch him to make sure he was still acting/eating/drinking normally. I told my boss and he said I could have it off on the evening that it happened, then called me the morning of to tell me I had to come in (this is for a corporate, salaried position). I learned that day to leave the details out.

Post # 12
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

@spicyshimmer:  I would definitely call in sick. You don’t actually have to tell them what’s wrong, so why not? I would just say either you have a family emergency, someone’s in the hospital, whatever. This could be a matter of life and death for your pet, and I’m sure anyone can sacrifice one day of work for that. 

Post # 13
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not sure if your job has a “probation” period, where if you call in within 60 days you can be terminated…if so or if you feel this is a big risk can you run to the hospital now? We did that were in pretty quick, X-ray and sonogram were done in an hour and although he needed surgery he needed to stay overnight so I worked the following day and picked him up on the way home at 4pm.  For me to take a day off wouldn’t have made a difference besides more sleep.  

Post # 14
7673 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@spicyshimmer:  Take him in to the vet tonight anyway!

Otherwise I’d phone work in the morning. If possible, have a backup plan (your mother take the cat to the vet??)

Whatever you do, bring the receipt to work to show them you really were at the vet.

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