Advice for Pet-friendly Boating

It's always fun to take our furry friends on board when we head out for a day (or longer) on the water. But keeping the little ones safe is of the utmost importance. It takes some planning and forethought.

Be sure to make these common-sense provisions to ensure your pets stay safe on the boat:

• Have an identification tag on your pet

• Familiarize your pet with the boat and the water

• Provide a pet ramp for easy access on and off

• Make sure your pet wears a life jacket 

• Give plenty of water and provide some shade

• Allow for "potty provisions" on board

• Carry copies of pet records on the boat

• Call ahead at marinas to ensure pet-friendliness

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Photo by Diane Patrick