Being a truck driver has a lot of benefits such as freedom, the opportunity to make good money, and independence. Unfortunately, one of the main downsides to being a trucker is loneliness and the feeling of isolation while on the road. One way that some individuals combat this is by bringing a pet with them! There are many things to consider when deciding whether or not to bring a pet on the road with you, so read on to learn more.
Pets: Is it Possible?
The first step in deciding whether or not to bring a pet along is figuring out if your company even allows pets in the first place. Click HERE for some information on various companies that do allow pets. Many companies only allow the driver to bring a cat or dog and there are typically weight restrictions as well. Expect to pay some kind of pet fee which serves as a deposit for repairs in the event that your pet damages anything in the truck. If you are an owner-operator, then you can do what you want. Your truck, your decision.
There are some states that will require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, so keep a folder in the truck with proof that your pet is up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. It would also be a good idea to keep track of veterinary hospitals along your route in case of an unexpected emergency.
Properly Care for the Pet:
Bringing a pet on the road comes with a lot of responsibility but it can be incredibly rewarding. Understand that you will need to consider your pet’s needs throughout the day. Make sure you stop frequently for bathroom breaks, keep your animal hydrated and fed, provide them with a comfortable area to rest, and make sure they get enough exercise daily. Remember to clean up your pet’s waste! If you are leaving the truck for a long period of time, do not leave your pet! Temperatures in trucks can easily become extremely hot or cold and your pet will suffer as a result. You will also need to help your animal out of the truck. Most dogs will be on the smaller side and jumping from such a height could injure their legs and paws.
You may also want to consider restraining your pet while you are driving the truck. In the event that you need to slam on your breaks, the results of having your pet unrestrained could be devastating. Lastly, don’t smoke in the truck with your pet. The high amount of second hand smoke can affect your pet’s health. If you must smoke, wait until you can be out of the truck and away from your animal.
Make sure that you train your pet to be a good co-pilot. Teach them to stay away from the truck’s pedals and clear of necessary components while the truck is in operation. You will also want to make sure that they remain calm and do not chew on things while you are operating the truck. Safety cannot be compromised so don’t allow your pet to distract you while driving.
What to Bring:
- Food and treats
- Vet records
- List of vet centers
- Litter/box for cats
- Bags for pet waste
- Leashes, collars, restraints
- Cleaning supplies
- Extra key (so pet cannot lock you out of truck accidentally)
Pets can be very beneficial. Truckers with a furry companion have been known to be less stressed, have more energy, be in a better mood, gain companionship, and get more exercise. Although a lot of things need put in place to ensure that your pet is happy, comfortable, and safe while on the road with you, they are worth the effort! Check out Truck Mart’s current inventory HERE and find the perfect truck for you and your little fur-ball!
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