What Does A Pet Have To Do With A DOT Physical?
When drivers come in to do their DOT physical for CDL certification, a concern we hear most frequently is about high blood pressure. In a news article, High Blood Pressure: Commercial Driver Risk?, we’ve covered the FMCSR medical guidelines regarding blood pressure and commercial driver certification.
In the same article we covered the #1 Secret To Reducing Your Blood Pressure.
So, what does a pet have to do with a DOT physical? We’ll let the proverbial ‘cat out of the bag’, here, if you’ll excuse the pun.
It’s that simple. Movement improves blood flow and helps reduce blood pressure.
Move any way you can, any time you can!
Ten minute activity periods, four or five times a day will go a long way to help keep your blood pressure under control, and pass your next DOT physical with flying colors.
Dog Companions Keep Their Driver Owners On The Move
Pets Can Promote Physical and Mental Health
Commercial Drivers Have A Variety of Pets
In the years that we’ve been doing DOT physicals with drivers, we’ve had conversations on many subjects. But, if a driver has a pet, the subject of that pet will always come up. Funny thing is, more than half of pet owners say they’d prefer the company of their pet, to that of another human, if they were stranded on an island. And, for drivers, these pets come in a variety of species. Dogs are most popular, but some have cats, snakes, and birds, and we also know of a goat and a vietnamese pig.
Pets are loyal, nonjudgmental and full of unconditional love. They don’t hold grudges, bring up the past or stop interacting with their owners because of a difference of opinion. Who could ask for anything more?
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