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Whether you and your dog will be swimming, boating, or kayaking this summer, you should absolutely consider investing in a high quality dog life jacket. Even the strongest four-legged swimmers can find themselves quickly overwhelmed by rough waves, strong currents, and deep water. Here is a useful guide to water safety and when it is appropriate to use a dog life jacket.
We've compiled a list of the highest quality and most popular dog life jackets. Our dachshund Django (@djangothegent) currently wears #6 on the list.
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The Paws Aboard Dog Life Jacket features a quick dry neoprene exterior and lightweight, breathable mesh underbelly. The adjustable collar and mesh underbelly create a custom fit for all dog breeds and body types, including large-chested pups. Verified customer reviews confirm that this life jacket fits and keeps afloat even the heaviest bulldogs.
RUFFWEAR's Float Coat is one of the more expensive options on our list, but it is also one of the best dog life jackets on the market. In addition to providing excellent buoyancy, the Float Coat features reflective piping and a strong top-sided grab handle. It is also designed for dogs big and small. Float Coat sizes range from XXS (13"-17" chest girth) to XL (36"-42" chest girth).
Vivaglory has several dog life vests including this high quality ripstop option. Ripstop is a strong woven fabric resistant to tearing and ripping. The floatation vest features big reflective strips for low light conditions, a comfortable grab handle, and a strong D ring for leash attachment.
There are a few design features that make the Kurgo 'Surf N Turf' dog life jacket unique. For one, this dog life jacket's floatation padding can be removed so the fabric can serve as a dog raincoat. It is unclear how many customers actually use the vest as rain wear, but the dual functionality is an extra perk. The jacket also features two D rings for leash connections and a bottle opener. Is a bottle opener necessary? Maybe not, but it's a cool feature nonetheless.
The EzyDog floatation life vest is a great option for medium- and large-sized dogs. This life vest boasts up to 50% more buoyant material and a sturdy nylon d-ring for leash attachment. Other features include neoprene belly straps, reflective piping, and a safety grab handle.
We own and recommend this Good2Go dog floatation vest. Django has worn this particular life jacket in deep and choppy waters all over the world... while fetching sticks out of Lake Tahoe, California (scroll down for a photo!), swimming in the deep waters of Lake Como (Italy), and jumping off the side of a boat into the Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy)! We've never had any issues with this floatation vest, and Django never seems to mind wearing it. The Good2Go life vest is high quality, durable, and relatively inexpensive. Overall it is a great option to consider.
For your reference, Django is 14.5 lbs with a 16 inch chest girth and currently wears size XS. There are very few customer reviews on Amazon.com - you can read many more verified customer reviews at Petco.com (we actually bought our life jacket at a Petco store).
Similar to the Vivaglory canine life jacket featured above, this floatation vest is made from ripstop fabric (600D oxford cloth) and features reflective trim and a strong safety grab handle. The life jacket is only designed for medium and large dogs, with sizes range from XS to XL.
This Vivaglory dog life jacket is a great option for smaller pups, with size XS suitable for dogs with 13"-16" chest girth. The main outer fabric is lightweight and comfortable neoprene which is complimented by reflective elements, a top-sided grab handle, and a strong D-ring for leash attachment. Available in 5 bright colors.
Is the cargo area safe for pet travel? Will dogs too large for in-cabin pet travel be comfortable in the hold of the plane?
There are preconceived notions that cargo pet travel is unsafe, stressful, and something to be avoided. Rather than jump to this conclusion ourselves, we did a lot of research to better understand pet travel in cargo: what cargo pet travel actually is, potential risks and hazards with putting dogs or cats in cargo, and recent statistics on pet safety.