Have you called off work for a sick pet before? - page 5

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   GrnHonu99
    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?
    Not yet, but I would!................However..I dont know if id tell my charge that I was calling off for my pet lol.
  2. by   L&DRNJenn
    Quote from Sheri257
    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
    That's scary. As far as I know his foods have not been recalled. He is eating a urinary food from the vet, a small amount of Fancy Feast that I have to mix with it so he'll eat the prescribed food and his dry food is Royal Canin. He's only getting a few nibbles of the dry food since he needs all the fluid consumption that he can get.
  3. by   imenid37
    A person could be feeling so sick, exhausted, etc. from the pet's death/illness they could need to call out sick.
  4. by   Sheri257
    Quote from BSNgrad_6_13_03
    That's scary. As far as I know his foods have not been recalled. He is eating a urinary food from the vet, a small amount of Fancy Feast that I have to mix with it so he'll eat the prescribed food and his dry food is Royal Canin. He's only getting a few nibbles of the dry food since he needs all the fluid consumption that he can get.
    I switched food only to discover that the so-called safe food I switched to (which was also recommended by two vets) ... ended up being recalled also. One of my dogs, who was a breed that is also vulnerable to kidney problems ... died of kidney cancer.

    I'm not trusting any of it now. My vets are also fed up with it because nothing seems to be safe ... everytime they recommend food it too seems to get recalled.

    One of my vets is now telling all of his clients to cook their own food and, that's what I'm doing now.

    :typing
  5. by   bigsyis
    I never have. I did have to leave work one morning when my two dogs dug out from under their fenced back yard (they'd been in it for years, 1/2 acre!), ran out into the road in front of our house, and both were struck and killed by the same car. My ex was at work, bothmy teenagers were in school, and the neighbor called me. I was working on a secure Govt. installation and had to drive almost 30 miles home and back, after having my neighbor help me bury both dogs. I was absolutely devastated, but had to go back. When I told my Chief Nurse why I had to go home that morning she said, "well, if they're already dead, why do you have to go home?":smackingf
  6. by   Soup Turtle
    Quote from BSNgrad_6_13_03
    That's scary. As far as I know his foods have not been recalled. He is eating a urinary food from the vet, a small amount of Fancy Feast that I have to mix with it so he'll eat the prescribed food and his dry food is Royal Canin. He's only getting a few nibbles of the dry food since he needs all the fluid consumption that he can get.

    I would check with the vet about mixing your kitty's food. Usually, you're trying to avoid ingredients and keep the urine acidic when on a urinary diet. It your kitty's eating other foods with his prescribed diet, he may be at a greater risk for re-obstructing.

    If he doesn't like his special diet, maybe the vet could recommend an alternative? I've never seen a cat that didn't like Hill's C/D (comes in wet and dry, chicken and seafood) , but I don't know what your cat is currently eating.
  7. by   Flare
    I worked years ago in a liquor store as a clerk. I had to euthanize one of my pet cats and tried to call out that same day, as i clearly was not in the mood to pedal booze that day. The acting manager would not let me call out then couldn't understand why i was so upset all night.
  8. by   muffie
    i most definitely did
    when first boy cat died, i got a dr note for one week off

    i doubt that would fly now though
  9. by   Fuzzy
    To get a list of all the recalled foods to date go to http://avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/products.asp or to www.avma.org and follow the links. You can also go to the parent internet site of the pet food manufacturer to see if more products are affected It seems like more are being recalled every week.

    I'm glad to hear that your kitty is doing better BSN Grad. Hopefully he will continue to improve. Keep in mind that once this happens it can happen again. Several years ago, one of my cats became obstructed. His was caused from a calicium oxalate plug instead of the more common struvite plug. This is why a UA should be done because sometimes you are surprised. So now I feed him to keep his urine to a more alkaline to neutral ph. I also give him canned food and have a pet water fountain to increase his water intake. I have also controlled his food intake because overweight felines have more of a tendency to become obstructed because anatomy issues. This guy will be 16 years old in October and he is doing well.

    www.veterinarypartner.com has many informative articles written for pet owners. We download these articles routinely for our clients. The information is free for the taking.

    Fuzzy
  10. by   Need2Wings
    [FONT=Fixedsys]OH my.. I have had to do that, fortunately at only working insurance job and a student.. Wouldnt however had much choice even if I was a nurse, my daughters horse went down at home, somewhat fortunately the ex BF was home and at least called me. Just a mild case (luckily) of colic but since bf:trout: is useless he would have been really bad when I did get home from work. bad belly ache === lots of walking.!!
    [FONT=Fixedsys]
    [FONT=Fixedsys]Also once for a puppy I had just a month, vet said he had Parvo, probably because mom hadnt been vaccinated, I got the lecture on not taking a free puppy at the grocery store. I tried hard to save him, trying to get pedialite into him but 2 days no avail. Wont take a free puppy again without proof of vacations of both mom and baby.. sad days!!
  11. by   cappuccino
    I have called out of work due to my cat being sick. It was quite funny because my supervisor was a cat person. She was extremely concerned. More than when I have been sick.......
  12. by   CT Pixie
    I sure did. Granted I wasn't working as a nurse, but as a Health Claims Analyst for an Insurance Company.

    My beloved dog was dx'd with Lymphoma and given 2-6wks to live. During that time I called "in sick" a few days, on days she wasn't seeming to be doing too well. She made it to the 6wk mark to the day when i had to put her down. I called in sick. (I work from home but I still have to follow the same protocol as those in-house) My employeer (small company) knew my dog was terminal and how I was devoted to her. I was too devestated to even think about working the day we did it. My company was very understanding and told me to take all the time i needed. The owner was even going to let me take berevement pay since when my grandfather and grandfathers-in-law, and my uncle passed, I never took the berevement time I was in work for my scheduled days. I was appreciative of his offer but declined.

    and I would do it again in a second if one of my dogs were that ill that I was fearful of the outcome if I were to leave them alone.
    Last edit by CT Pixie on Sep 22, '07 : Reason: ETA afterthought
  13. by   Lisa_RN
    i would absolutly call in for one of my many pets. :1luvu: i would tell them i had to take off for personal reasons. if you have the pto it shouldn't be a problem, of course it depends on the ppl you work with. some ppl can be prunes. :chuckle
    i love my pets very much. i could not have children. my pets were my children, as crazy as it sounds. we finally adopted a little girl (age 4 1/2). she is our world. never the less i still love my pets!!!!!

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