Pet Summer Safety & Wellness

Summer Travel Season …. pet health and safety tips.

The ASPCA Store has put together a selection of pet safety items to help keep your pet happy and healthy at home, in the car and on water this summer. If you plan to do a lot of driving with your pet this summer check out some of the must have safety items:

Dog Car Safety Thermometer -don’t overlook the possible health hazards of leaving pets too long in a vehicle or enclosed area when it is it hot. Overheating and heat stroke  are serious health matters.

Car Seat Belt Harness

Pet Auto Barrier– Keep pets safely contained in back seat with this pet car seat barrier.

All net proceeds of your purchases on the ASPCA Store help support life-saving programs all over the country. For more info, visit the ASPCA Online Store

If you are an avid boater, be sure to have a life jacket for your dog as well.  A Dog Life Vest is an important summer accessory for :

  • Canoeing, Recreational paddling
  • Lake and Ocean swimming
  • Sailing and Boating
  • Dogs who are new to the water

If you are thinking about a personal flotation device-PFD  for your dog, talk to other boater/pet owners.  While size guidelines come with the jackets, based on Boat US experience they recommend that you take your dog in for “a  vest fitting if possible”  Pet shops and marine supply stores should allow you to bring your dog in and try the vests. Tips: Look at where the straps or other attachments contact the dog’s body. In the wrong spot, these can make the dog miserable and they may try to chew them off.  *BoatUS has a PDF on Canine Water Safety Vests –

http://www.boatus.com/foundation/findings/findingsdog.htm

*BoatU.S. Foundation is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating.

In addition to the links below from Only Natural Pet Store you can also search sites such as REI, Marine Sites for animal life jackets – floatation devices.


Ruff Wear Portage Float Coat Canine Life Jacket Small Orange for Dogs (SS)
Ideal for recreational use, great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water.

Ruff Wear Portage Float Coat Canine Life Jacket Small Green for Dogs (SS)
Ideal for recreational use, great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water.

Ruff Wear Portage Float Coat Canine Life Jacket Medium Orange for Dogs (SS)
Ideal for recreational use, great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water.

Not all dogs are not natural swimmers. Its best to introduce your dog to water very early, as a puppy if possible, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A life jacket is one of the best safety investments you can make for your pets well being, if you plan to spend alot of time on the water with them.

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