Over half of Scots 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 55% would avoid going to their job, while just 26% of owners would still go to work if their dog was unwell, with 19% not currently in work.
An overwhelming majority of owners want to stay with their dog when they’re sick, 63% 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.
The top 10 excuses Scots make when they’re really looking after their sick dog:
Said I was ill, 17%;
Feigned a doctors appointment, 13%;
Said I was looking after my child, 13%;
Claimed there was a family emergency, 8%;
Blamed my child and said they were sick, 5%;
Said I had a dentist appointment, 5%;
Told them I needed a mental health break, 4%;
Claimed I had a home delivery, 4%;
Said a relative passed away, 2%/;
Blamed public transport, 2%.
When it comes to puppy pawternity leave, over half (66%) of Scots would like to take time off to care for their new pet – but 53% don’t think their workplace would let them, with a further 55% worrying that their colleagues wouldn’t approve.