PFDS FOR PETS
Considering the number of dogs and cats one sees on boats, it’s no surprise that many manufacturers offer a full range of PFDS for pets.
While it’s tempting to dismiss the very idea of pet PFDS – don’t dogs float? They invented the dog paddle, didn’t they? – the reality is that like humans, pets can also tire quickly in cold water, or suffer from medical complications that could prevent them from swimming to shore.
Most pet life jackets are designed with some sort of foam flotation that wraps around the animal’s torso and neck. Apart from providing upright flotation, they also help retain body heat in cold water. As with humans, the fit is critical – check to ensure that the device is capable of holding the animal’s head clear of the water.
It’s also a good idea to select a pet PFD that incorporates a grab handle – a sensible and useful feature that makes it a snap to hoist the animal back into the boat.