Truckers today are more likely than ever before to want to bring their pet with them on the road. Everything from dogs and cats to parrots and even a goat.
Trucking with your pet helps bring down blood pressure, reduce stress and eases the transition when you meet someone new. Here are nine tips to keep in mind as you travel with your furry, feathered and possibly scaly friends.
1. Make sure your company allows pets. Many require a hefty pet deposit. And be aware, that unless it comes in writing from HR or compliance, it’s possibly a myth that pets are allowed.
2. Consider downloading a pet first aide app on your phone, possibly one that will list or help you find the closest 24 hour vet hospital in case of an emergency or sudden illness on the road. You can find some here or here.
3. Pet proof your cab. You may need to block off access to the brake and clutch pedals and underneath the seats so smaller pets don’t get trapped. Be sure to have a carrier of some sort in case you’re unable to bring them with you somewhere. For example, you may have a customer that doesn’t allow pets.
4. Always have a leash for your dog and use it anytime they get out of the cab. No matter how well trained your pet is, pulling your pup out of harm’s way will be easier than trying to call your dog back over loud, noisy trucks. Plus, each state and area has different leash laws.
5. Make sure you have the correct supplies needed for your pet. Enough food, lots of fresh water (pets can dehydrate quickly), medications if needed, some kind of bedding and toys to keep your pet stimulated. You might want to rotate them out so they don’t become bored as quickly.
6. If your pet sheds, daily brushing will help keep pet hair and dander in the cab under control. Also consider purchasing spare heating and AC filters to keep the cab’s air filtration system working smoothly.
7. Understand when your pet needs a break….as in potty breaks. Be sure to work with your pet and develop a clear signal as to when it’s time to go. Forcing your pet to hold it longer than comfortable could result in a bladder infection or worse. Plus, no one likes trying to clean up THAT kind of mess. However, if your pet does have an accident, be sure to have some cleaning materials and waste bags on hand.
8. Dogs especially should get a solid hour of exercise a day. This will help you stay healthy as well and loosen your own stiff muscles from sitting all day or night. Make sure to plan that exercise time into your routes.
9. Have fun with your pet. They ‘ll be your constant companion on the road, alert you to potential dangers, keep you company and provide excellent comfort during a stressful situation. As long as you are prepared for the proper care for your pet while traveling, you and your companion will have nothing but adventures on the roads ahead.
Author: Angelique C.