Over half of Brits skip work to look after their sick dog

New research from Rover.com, the leading dog walking and sitting service, has found that over half of Brits skip work to look after their sick dogs, and of that 81% have admitted to lying to their employer in the past rather than telling the truth.

Rover.com offers last minute sitters on hand to help, meaning Brits who have a sick dog no longer need to take time off work!

Over half of Brits skip work to look after their sick dog

  • 61% of Brits admit that they would take a day off work to look after their sick dog
  • 4 in 5 have lied to their employer in the past, making up an excuse to stay at home to look after their furry friend
  • Mancunians are the most likely to take the day off, with Brightonians the least likely

Over half (61%) of Brits admit they would take the day off of work to look after their sick dog, according to new research from Rover.com. The dog walking and sitting service found that just 26% of owners would still go to work if their dog was unwell, with 13% not currently in work.

An overwhelming majority of owners want to stay with their dog when they’re sick, 81% have admitted to lying to their employer in the past, making up an excuse as to why they weren’t at work rather than tell the truth. 2% even admitted to saying a relative had passed away rather than telling the truth.

 

Top 10 excuses Brits make when they’re really looking after their sick dog

Excuse % of people who have used this excuse at some point
Said I was ill 27%
Claimed there was a family emergency 13%
Feigned a doctors appointment 9%
Said I was looking after my child 7%
Told them I needed a mental health break 6%
Blamed my child and said they were sick 5%
Said I had a dentist appointment 5%
Claimed I had a home delivery 4%
Said a relative passed away 2%
Blamed public transport 2%

Brits’ love of their pets is clear and when it comes to the city that takes the most doggy sick days, Manchester tops the list – with 77% admitting they would take the day off to look after their sick dog. Brightonians are the least likely, with just 38% saying they’d stay home if their dog was unwell.

 

Top 10 places most likely to take a day off work to look after their dog

Location % of people who would take a day off sick to look after their dog
Manchester 77%
Birmingham 69%
Southampton 68%
Cardiff 67%
Nottingham 67%
Bristol 64%
Sheffield 63%
Yorkshire 62%
Wales 61%
London 60%

 

 

When it comes to puppy pawternity leave, over half (59%) of Brits would like to take time off to care for their new pet – but 62% don’t think their workplace would let them, with a further 59% worrying that their colleagues wouldn’t approve.

For those who can’t take time off work to look after their dog when they’re unwell, Rover.com has last minute sitters on hand to help. Rover sitters send regular updates and pictures to owners, so they can be safe in the knowledge their dog is being well looked after. What’s more, Rover has some specialised sitters who are able to look after senior dogs, giving them medication and making sure they’re happy – meaning Brits who have a sick dog no longer need to take time off work.

For more information or to sign up either as a walker, sitter or owner, please visit: https://www.rover.com/uk/

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