Pet-Friendly Trucking: Some Tips to Traveling with Your Furry Co-Pilot
1. Ensure a Safe Traveling Space
While many truckers let their pets roam freely in the cab, it can be dangerous in the event of an accident or sudden stop. It’s also distracting for pets who don’t know where they should be in the cab. Create a plan to safely transport your pet without it being a distraction or danger.
2. Establish a Routine
Pets thrive on routines, so try to stick to a schedule as much as possible. This will help your pet be happier and healthier, as well as help you be more productive.
3. Get Moving with Your Pet
Pets require exercise to maintain good health. You can keep cats active with a laser light and dogs with regular walks and playtime. Additionally, getting exercise with your pet can benefit your own health as well!
4. Plan for Food and Water
Buying pet food at truck stops is often overpriced, and switching brands can be hard on your pet’s digestive system. Purchase food in bulk when you find good deals. Similarly, while many pets can handle water from truck stops, some may need bottled water. Bring along an emergency stash for your pet as well.
5. Regular Vet Care for Your Pet
Just like you, your pet needs regular check-ups. While on the road, bring a copy of your pet’s medical records with you. Some states require paperwork proving proof of health or updated shots.
6. Have a Contingency Plan
While many trucker-friendly establishments welcome pets, some may not. Know the policies beforehand and plan accordingly. Also, don’t leave your pet in the cab in extreme temperatures. Make sure to call ahead and set up plans to avoid any unpleasant surprises.