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Should employees be entitled to time off to care for sick pets?

Taking Time off Work for Sick PetsIt’s a new year and as you saw in last week’s blog, new resolutions come thick and fast. Ones that come to mind are ‘drink less, eat less’ and when the latest credit card bill arrives after the Christmas blitz, ‘spend less’. Typically this is also when your pet animal has some horrible accident or falls ill.  A wave of relief comes over you at the thought of the wisely taken out pet insurance. But even with insurance you have to pay out first and then reclaim it and in January, that can be tough. You are also probably back at work and the last thing your boss wants to hear is you asking for time off to attend vet appointments.

Pet owners will know that you always seem to have to collect your pet at ‘about 4.00pm’ after an operation, which means leaving work at 3.30pm if you are nearby. Then don’t forget the aftercare! You have planned out all this year’s holiday entitlement after reading all of those destination magazines on New Year’s Day and now you are going to have to use up some to look after your pet. The maxim “a dog is for life not just Christmas” comes home to roost! Our suggestion to the Coalition is to extend time off for dependent emergencies to cover pets. After all they are one of the family. We can’t help but wonder what other people’s recommendations for new laws would be.

We’d love to hear what you think. Let us know by leaving a comment below or getting in touch with us via Twitter.

  • m conroy

    Um yes! Animals are souls too and are part of the family. It would be ridiculous to think you should treat a pet’s illness any different. If I had an employer that said no or got upset, I think i would quit!

    • Michele Kingston

      I agree. They are dependent on us and part of the family unit. They deserve time for extra care and attention when they are unwell.

  • Greg Usrey

    I have a pal who has dozens of pets. where do we draw the line?