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Everything You Need To Prepare Your pet For Boating

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We at BoatSelect understand the want to take your pet on your boating adventures. However, there are some things that should be done in order to make sure your pet is as safe as possible. 

Have an ID microchip implanted in your pet if it doesn't already have one. Not only is it fairly inexpensive, but if a lost dog or cat is found any vet or animal shelter can easily obtain the owner's address and phone number through a national registry. 

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Be sure to practice swimming and rescue procedures just in case your dog falls overboard or is just swimming off the boat. You should also have a method to get your pet back aboard. Note that while cats might only require a piece of carpet attached to the swim platform, dogs don't automatically know how to use a ramp. This is something that has to be taught. 

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You should have a life preserver for your pet. They can be found at any boating stores. If your cat or dog isn't already accustomed to swimming, they may just thrash around in the water with their heads straight up. This will cause them to tire quickly. 

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If this is your pet's first time on your boat, it's a good idea to bring them aboard while the boat is docked to introduce the boat to them. To get your pet used to the loud noises, start your engine on your boat. To get them used to the noises and vibrations, take your pet on a quick trip. 

Boat decks can become slippery and are often hot. For this reason, make sure your pet has a shady spot to lay or sit on the boat. Items such as fishing poles or other possible hazardous items should be stowed safely.

Also, be sure that your pet has access to water and has a place to use the bathroom. Cats can use an anchored litter box, and dogs can use a piece of astro turf or a box of sod. 

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 The dock is where majority of pet accidents happen.  Your pet must be trained how to get on and off your boat with your permission only. Remember cats and dogs can get sunburned. Be sure to not have them in the sun for too long and have sunscreen handy. Your pet can also get seasick. Some medications such as Dramamine can be used, however it's best to check with your vet first. 

Remember that not all animals will like boating. If you try multiple times and it still does not work out then your pet may not be able to come along. It will keep everyone safer and happier. If you would like to read more articles on boating tips, click here. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! 

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