A growing number of pet owners are choosing to take their fur babies on vacation. A recent survey indicates that 40% of dog owners take their pooches with them when they travel, and as a result, hotels, tourist destinations, and other public places have started to open their doors to dogs and other pets. Even some cruise lines are becoming pet-friendly as going on a boating holiday with a pet or guide dog is one of the best ways to bond with your pooch. But before heading to the sea or river with your pet, there are some things that you have to do to ensure Fido’s comfort and safety. By following these simple hacks, you can keep your dog safe and happy while on a boating holiday.
Buy them a life vest
Just as choosing a personal watercraft can take some serious consideration, the same care should go into choosing a life vest for you and your dog. Even if your pooch can swim, making sure your dog wears a life vest while on a sailboat or a yacht is a good precautionary measure, especially if you plan to go sailing for some number of days. Moreover, some breeds such as Pugs, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, and Malteses don’t take naturally to the water and may need help staying afloat. Hence, buying a life vest for your pooch is a must before your boating holiday. When picking a life vest, ensure that it has a D-ring so you can attach a leash to it, and choose one in a bright color so you can spot your dog easily if they fall overboard.
Observe your dog for signs of seasickness
Most animals get seasick, and in the past, veterinarians would prescribe Dramamine for dogs, even though the over-the-counter medication is formulated for humans. Nowadays, an FDA-approved drug called Cerenia is being prescribed to cats and dogs to quell their seasickness. So if you’re going on a boating trip, it may be worth it to pay your vet a visit and have them prescribe the drug for your pet.
Apply sunscreen to your dog
You may think that your dog’s thick fur is enough to protect your canine companion from the harsh rays of the sun. A short-haired dog is highly susceptible to sunburn, so it pays to use a doggy sunscreen with an SPF of 25, at the very least, on your dog every few hours. Pick a sunscreen that isn’t overly fragranced as it may irritate your pet.
Bring some food and water
You wouldn’t forget to bring food and water for yourself, so you shouldn’t neglect your dog’s basic needs as well. Have enough food and water for your pooch, and don’t forget to bring the doggy bowl. Take along some doggy bags too so you can scoop up your pet’s feces just in case they defecate on the boat.
It pays to keep your dog’s safety and comfort in mind whenever you’re going on a trip with your fur baby. Whether you’re heading out for an afternoon of fishing or going on a month-long cruise with your pet, keep these tips in mind to keep your dog safe and happy all throughout your time on the water together.