Are you planning a holiday with your furry friend?  Is boating part of that holiday?  Below are some tips for taking Rover with you on the boat:

  • Have a “Dog Overboard Plan” – designate a person on the boat to keep track of your dog and have a plan on how to retrieve them if they go overboard
  • Get the right kind of life jacket – you can usually find dog life jackets at your local pet retailer or sporting goods store. Make sure it fits properly.
  • Bring sunscreen & insect repellent for your dog. Make sure it is made for pets and not people.  Pet retailers will have something in stock.
  • Bring a First Aid Kit – some of the things in your first aid kit will also be good for your dog such as… peroxide, polysporin, Benadryl. A large IKEA bag is a great resource in an emergency where you need to help your pet or carry them.  It can be used as a sling or you could use it to transport a small to medium size dog if needed.
  • Offer fresh water and shade. Dogs can easily over-heat, especially if they have an undercoat.  Its essential to make sure they stay cool to prevent heat stroke.Get your dog used to the boat.
  • Do some small trips first to make sure they are familiar with the motion of the Boat.  Dogs can easily be over-excited or anxious and nervous.  Slowly ease them into becoming an expert passenger.
  • Bring a leash and plan for potty breaks. Your dog will need rests so don’t forget to bring a leash if you stop for bathroom breaks.
  • Pay attention to your dog but don’t get distracted.
  • Make sure you have signed up for an Emergency Vet Protect membership in case you need our help. Our Vets are available 24/7 from your smartphone.
  • HAVE FUN