How to keep your pets safe in the water

Hampden County

If you’re planning to take your dog out on the water this summer, you may want to invest in a doggie life vest. 

Life vests made specifically for dogs come in several sizes depending on the animal’s weight.

If you’re taking your pets out on a boat or to the beach, life vests can provide protection for your pet, and peace of mind for their owners.

R&D Marine in West Springfield told 22News just because your dog knows how to swim doesn’t mean they don’t need a flotation device. 

Employee Russ Demarco said, “They like the water but they don’t realize that they need to get out when they’re tired, so they fatigue, and sink. So if you have a jacket on them they can stay in as long as they’d like.”

Dog life vests can be found at boating shops and pet stores. 

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