Have you called off work for a sick pet before? - page 4

Hi all, My 2 year old cat had a urinary obstruction this weekend. He was in the hospital until Monday afternoon with a catheter and IV fluids. I worked Monday night but he had supervision at home. He... Read More

  1. by   elle112253
    Yes, I have. I run a small shelter and my animals are my kids. I've rescued what others have thrown away, some sick, some not. Just because they have 4 legs and a tail doesn't make them any less worthy of getting good nursing care from the nurse that saved them from a certain death. I too, would not explain my absence, just use a personal day off. After all, that's why they're called "personal"...........Elle
  2. by   L&DRNJenn
    I'm also pleasantly surprised by the responses. My cat is slowly coming around.
    He is eating more and using the litterbox without me guiding him to go. I feel comfortable going to work tonight and leaving him here alone. Thanks everyone!
  3. by   banditrn
    I haven't, but probably would - I like my dog better than most people!
  4. by   Batman24
    I've never had to call out of any job for my doggie, but would in a heartbeat if necessary.
  5. by   danissa
    Quote from Hospice Nurse LPN
    No. I haven't even called in but once in the past 8 years and that was the morning my aunt passed away. Calling in just puts too much pressure on the other staff.
    But do you have a cherished pet?
  6. by   danissa
    I have a faithful 4 legged friend, (also have three kiddos of the 2 legged kind! ), but for him, my wee Lhasa Apso, who is my baby..if he were sick, I would feel the same as if my human kiddos were sick! You couldn't leave such a trusting soul on their own if they were ill, I know I could not function at work if he were home alone and unwell. I get horrible shivers, my baby is 8 yo, not a young pup any longer, but such a part of the family..he thinks hes a Real Boy! And is treated as one! i cant stand to think of the time I won't have him with us, I don't know how I'll cope. So yes, if he were ill or worse..god forbid..I couldn't work........
  7. by   danissa
    ..OMG, me again, but just had the memory of "Old yeller!" did you see that all those years ago?
  8. by   psalm
    I called in with a family emergency...I had to get our feline to a university animal clinic for surgery and it was 2.5 hours drive away, 2.5 hours back and that was in late afternoon. I was scheduled to work night shift and called off with a "family emergency", which it was.

    Surgery was successful, but she passed a few weeks later, too weak to go on. Broke my heart.
  9. by   teeituptom
    Quote from BSNgrad_6_13_03
    Hi all, My 2 year old cat had a urinary obstruction this weekend. He was in the hospital until Monday afternoon with a catheter and IV fluids. I worked Monday night but he had supervision at home. He still is pretty under the weather. So I called off sick for tonight. I couldn't imagine leaving him by himself for 14 hours.
    I feel guilty for not going to work, but I think I would have felt worse leaving him and worrying about him all night. Can anyone relate?
    sorry about your cat
    Ive never called in sick for a pet.
    I have called in sick because the weather was beautifull and I wanted to and went golfing.
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yes, I've called in a couple of times to be with a family pet who was ill or dying. I didn't lie about it either. My furbabies are a part of the family, and I won't apologize for taking time to tend them when they need me.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am so sorry about your pet......having a sick fur baby is hard. I have not called out but then, the need did not arise. I had to put down my dog 3 years ago when he had cancer---someone stayed with him 24/7 till the time came to say goodbye. Had I been assigned to work the day he was to die, I would have called out sick, without question.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 26, '07
  12. by   Sheri257
    Quote from BSNgrad_6_13_03
    Hi all, My 2 year old cat had a urinary obstruction this weekend. He was in the hospital until Monday afternoon with a catheter and IV fluids.
    Quote from BSNgrad_6_13_03
    My cat is slowly coming around. He is eating more and using the litterbox without me guiding him to go.
    Just FYI: watch what you're feeding your pet because the recalled food is known to cause kidney problems. Cats in general are more vulnerable because they have a higher tendency of developing kidney problems.

    Cat kidney failure is up 30 percent since the pet food recall controversy started.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 26, '07
  13. by   EarthChild1130
    I haven't had to call in when my dog or one of my cats has been ill, but I would if I had to!

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