National Pet Month: Tips For Trucking With Pets
- May 9, 2018
It can be hard trucking for long periods of time without company, so why not consider bringing your non-human best friend along? Pets offer the perfect alternative for co-piloting your truck, and improving your overall performance.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) correlates spending time with a pet to decreased blood pressure, cholesterol, and feelings of loneliness. Additionally, pets promote increased activity and socialization. But what are some things you should you consider about adopting a pet and hitting the road?
May is National Pet Month, and the perfect time to talk about tips for trucking with pets!
#1: Know Your Pet
If you’re looking to adopt a pet to take on the road, make sure you research the care of the animal and breed first. Dogs like pugs, basset hounds, and French bulldogs have lower needs for exercise, but are extremely trainable and sociable. Older dogs and cats make great companions, because they require less attention and exercise than puppies and kittens, and are often already potty trained.
#2: Keep Them Safe
Our pets are precious cargo — we always try to drive safer with them, but sometimes they also create distractions. Even slamming on the brakes can create dangerous situations for you and your pet. Keep them safe when traveling by having carriers or “booster seats” on hand for when the vehicle is moving. However, these restraints are not federally regulated, so it’s important to research the variety of harnesses, carriers, and crates that are on the market. Luckily, the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety has conducted tests on many of these restraints, and recommends nine carriers that have passed their travel tests.
One of the most important things to remember when having a pet co-pilot is recognizing they need comfortable temperatures. Never leave your pet in a vehicle when it’s hotter than 70 degrees outside or colder than 30 degrees.
#3: Pack Their Bags
Just like stocking up the truck with your needs, you need to stock it with their needs. Many pet stores aren’t exactly truck parking ready, so have plenty of pet food, treats, and water on hand. Additionally, have a comfy bed for when the truck isn’t moving, a leash and harness for walks, blankets and pet jackets for when it gets cold, and toys to keep them occupied. For cats in your cab, a scratching post might be handy as well. Additionally, not all of your deliveries may be pet friendly, so it’s important to have a crate on hand.
#4: Keep Them Healthy
Make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations and flea medicine, as well as their annual visits to the vet. While on the road, it’s important to have documentation that shows your pet’s registration and vaccination history.
#5: Have Fun
Trucking with a pet as a co-pilot can be a major responsibility, but it can also help alleviate loneliness when on long-haul drives. However, as important as it is to work, when a pet is co-piloting, it’s important to play as well. Whether you’re driving with a dog or cat, they all need playtime for bonding with their owners.
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