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Keep Boating Dogs Safe

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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  • Choose a life jacket that has a sturdy lifting handle — a wet dog becomes heavy.
  • Dogs may suffer from seasickness, so take short trips at first. Feed lightly until you see how your canine reacts.
  • Reserve a cool shady spot on the boat for your dog.
  • Dogs need sunscreen just like people. Apply canine-safe sunscreen (no zinc oxide or other toxins) to sun-sensitive areas such as the tips of the ears, the skin around the lips, nose, belly, and groin areas.
  • Don’t let your pup drink anything other than the clean water you provide.
  • Never withhold water. Take your dog ashore as necessary or have pee pads aboard.
  • Adog daysdd extra bandages, gauze, and a muzzle to your boat’s first aid kit. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a topical antibiotic ointment, an anti-nausea treatment, and an allergic reaction medication. Write the correct dosage for your dog on the box or label before adding it to the kit.
  • If your dog needs medication on a regular basis, bring along extra doses in case you’re delayed in returning to shore.
  • Swimming is risky, especially in areas with algal blooms, pollution, and/or jellyfish. Saltwater can be harmful — dogs swallow it directly from the water and from absorbent fetch toys and balls.
  • Don’t let your dog run ahead. Keep him or her on leash to avoid detours into reeds and brush.
  • Give your canine companion a tick check during your outing and again after returning home. Even if you don’t spot anything, stay vigilant.
  • If you’re traveling away from your homeport, record the numbers of emergency veterinary services along the route and at your destination.

 

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