Four In Ten People Have ‘Pulled a Sickie’ From Work For Their Pet

MORE than four in ten pet owners have ‘pulled a sickie’ from work – because of their PET, it has been revealed.

animal-dog-pet-brown-1024x682A study of 2,000 pet owners shows they take an average of five days out of the office in a year due to a problem with their pet, but 26 per cent didn’t feel they could be honest with their employer the real reason for needing time off.

And sadly almost half of pet owners have felt forced to take time off after the loss of a beloved pet, as they couldn’t face a normal day’s work because they were so heartbroken.

In fact, they have taken a further three days off in a year due to the death or loss of a well-loved family pet.

It was also found that 65 per cent of pet owners have taken time away from their desks to be able to attend a vet appointment with their four legged friend.

The study was commissioned by Blue Cross pet charity, which offers a free Pet Bereavement Support Service to help people who have lost a pet, be it through death, change in circumstances or theft.

Tracie McGrory, Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service Manager, said: “Pets are part of the family and losing one can be devastating.

“Taking compassionate leave for family is obviously very understandable, but when it comes to our pets, sadly many people don’t realise the deep emotion losing one can bring about.

“Our pet bereavement volunteers talk to lots of grieving pet owners who feel they can’t face going into work because they think their employer won’t empathise.”

“If you’ve had a pet with you for a long time, then losing them through anything from death to theft or them running away can take its toll on concentration – meaning you’re not at your best in the office.

“So taking time away from the office can really help, even if it’s just an hour or two at the start of the day”.

Losing-a-family-pet-can-bring-about-some-difficult-emotions-499x750It was also revealed that one in 20 pet owners find it so hard to cope with the loss of a pet, they’ve even cancelled important meetings to grieve.

And half of animal owners with kids would allow their children to take the day off school to come to terms with their loss.

The research found one in ten pet owners will work from home following the loss of a pet, but of those who chose not to give their employer the real reason why,56 per cent said it was because they didn’t think their boss would understand.

A further quarter said they were worried what the consequences might be if they were honest with their employer, and one in seven thought they would be laughed at.

The worry extends out of the work place too, as six in ten feel as though people close to them don’t understand what they’re going through when they’ve lost a pet.

Sixty four per cent of these believe it’s because they’re not animal lovers, while half said it was because they’d never experienced the loss of a pet.

Worryingly, almost one quarter of grieving pet owners have kept the loss of a well-loved animal completely to themselves.

Reasons being they didn’t want to bother anyone with their problems and they ‘just didn’t want to have to talk about it’.

But it was found this didn’t help the situation as it made it harder for them to get over it and made their mood generally worse.

Tracie McGrory added: “Coping with the loss of a beloved pet can be very difficult and it can really help to talk to someone who understands. Our Pet Bereavement Support Service is free and confidential and we are on the end of the phone or email 365 days of the year for those who need us.”

Blue Cross cares for over 40,000 sick, injured and homeless pets every year. The charity’s free Pet Bereavement Support Service can be contacted by visiting or by calling 0800 096 6606.

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