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If you like having plants in your home, garden or yard, you may be putting your furry friend at serious risk of being poisoned. Dogs can suddenly become ill after eating certain plaints. They may act different than their normal, happy selves, void of any energy and maybe even vomit or have diarrhea.
Common plants, many of which we bring into our homes, are poisonous for dogs.
Which common plants are most toxic?
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a plant that many people bring into their homes. Safe for humans, this plant is often used for skin-soothing and can also help with burns. The gel in the leaves is what humans use for its healing properties, and dogs aren’t affected by the gel.
But if your pup decides to eat the leaf of the plant, it will irritate your dog’s digestive system.
Your dog may suffer from:
Change in urine color
2. Tomato Plant
Fresh tomatoes straight from the garden are a great addition to salads, used to make sauces or can be eaten raw. But tomatoes and the plants that they grow on are bad for your pup. This plant has been shown to cause:
Slow heart rate
Milkweed is found in a lot of gardens, and people tend to plant these plants because monarch butterflies eat the plant’s nectar. But if dogs eat the milkweed plant, it can be deadly. When ingested, this plant can cause an array of problems that go beyond diarrhea and vomiting.
Dogs that have ingested milkweed may suffer from:
Liver or kidney failure
Oleander is a beautiful but poisonous plant that’s native to California. A toxic shrub that may seem like a nice addition to your landscaping, this plant is also highly deadly even to horses. Oleander can cause an array of problems thanks to the plant containing a toxic cardiac glycoside.
When ingested, the plant can cause your dog to suffer from:
Azaleas offer a beautiful addition of color to the home, and when your dog munches on just a few of the leaves of the Azalea, it can result in:
Blood pressure drop
6. Sago Palm
Sago palms are found in regions with temperate climates, and they’re one of the top choices for landscaping plants. Another plant that is nice to look at but deadly, the Sago Palm is a tasty treat to animals, making it a very bad choice for pet owners.
When ingested, nearly all parts of the plant are toxic and can cause:
Want to bring a bouquet of tulips home? Keep them out of the reach of your pets. Narcissus plants, or the bulb of the tulip, have a very high concentration of toxins. When ingested, tulips can cause a dog to suffer from:
Central nervous system issues
The yew is a popular evergreen, and even horses have a very low tolerance for yew. When ingested, especially any part not including the berry, can cause a dog to suffer or even die. Symptoms of your pup ingesting yew include:
Irritation of the gastrointestinal tract
9. Castor Bean
The castor bean plant is another common plant, often used in landscaping, that is very toxic. You’ll want to be on the lookout for this plant in public places and parks. When consumed, this plant can cause a dog to suffer from:
And these are just some of the plants that can cause your dog distress or even lead to death. If you fear that your dog is suffering from toxicity, call an emergency veterinarian clinic immediately.
They taste delicious and they’re loaded with nutrients, but are walnuts safe for your dog? If you’re snacking on walnuts and drop a few on the floor, you may be wondering if your dog can eat them. Will these nuts hurt your pup, or can they actually be a healthy treat?
Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Walnuts are fine for dogs. If Fido eats a handful of walnuts that fell on the floor, he should be fine.
But there is one caveat here: extra ingredients.
If the walnuts are seasoned, salted or covered in chocolate, it could be harmful or even deadly for your dog. Chocolate is especially dangerous for dogs, and for small breeds, just one or two chocolate-covered walnuts would warrant a trip to the vet.
Plain walnuts are generally fine for dogs to eat, but it’s best to only give your pup a few bites at a time to gauge his reaction.
If your dog can tolerate walnuts, they may offer some health benefits. English walnuts are more nutritionally dense than other types of walnuts, containing 15% protein, 65% fat, 14% carbohydrates and 4% water.
Not All Walnuts are Safe
Regular walnuts are okay for dogs to eat, but black walnuts, which are native to Canada and the Northeastern United States, are toxic to dogs and horses.
If you happen to have a walnut tree in your yard, keep your dog away. Dogs ingesting old walnuts from the ground can develop tremors and seizures from the hulls of the nuts. These moldy hulls contain penitrem A, which is dangerous for dogs.
It’s also important to note that fungus, like Tremorgenic Mycotoxin, can grow on walnuts that can be toxic to dogs. Walnuts are high in fat, so fungus can grow quickly.
Even though walnuts are generally safe for dogs to eat, they are still high in fat and calories. Feeding your pup too many walnuts could lead to weight gain and obesity. They can also cause upset stomach, so try to limit your pup’s walnut intake.
What Happens if Your Dog Eats a Walnut?
What should you do if your dog eats a walnut? First, determine whether your pup also ate the shell of the nut.
If you don’t know if you pup ate the shell, call your vet. If you know that your dog ate the shell, call your vet immediately. Small dogs are especially at risk for impaction. Your vet will likely want to examine your dog and keep an eye on his condition.
If you know that your pup didn’t eat the shell, ask yourself: was it moldy?
Fresh walnuts bought from the grocery store are not likely to have mold, but if the nuts were buried in the back of the pantry for months, it’s possible that the nuts grew mold.
Simply put: dogs can eat walnuts – as long as they are plain and mold-free. Never allow your pup to eat walnut hulls, and always avoid black walnuts.
Walnuts can make for a tasty treat in moderation, but there are healthier dog treat options out there.
During the fall months, pumpkins overrun stores. Loving dog owners may be tempted to feed their dog pumpkin, but is it safe? Can dogs eat pumpkin and not get sick or suffer from toxicity? There are a lot of foods that dogs can’t eat, such as seeds, that humans try and feed their dog anyway.
If you’re like most dog owners, you want to make sure that what you’re feeding your dog is safe and healthy.
If you buy a pumpkin from the store, you’ll have a stem, leaves (in some cases) and innards. Your dog cannot eat the stem or the leaves of the pumpkin because there are small hairs on the stem and leaves which are prickly.
And these hairs can harm your dog, especially if your dog is smaller in size.
Raw pumpkin is also harder for dogs to digest, so it’s often not recommended for your pup. Even if your dog devours the pumpkin, which he can certainly do, it’s not recommended by most veterinarians.
Note: Cooking the raw pumpkin and feeding it to your dog is allowed.
Canned Pumpkin and Your Dog
Canned pumpkin is great for your dog, but you need to make sure that the canned pumpkin isn’t a mix that contains:
Your canned pumpkin should be free of these two items if you plan on feeding it to your pup. Filled with fiber, canned pumpkin is low in calories, can aid in weight loss and contains:
What about pumpkin seeds? Can dogs eat pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants, and they can be a tasty treat for your dog to eat.
Health Benefits That Pumpkin Offers Your Pup
Food is fuel, and for your pup, pumpkin can be very beneficial for his health. There is evidence that pumpkin can help your dog with:
Digestion. Filled with fiber, pumpkin has been shown to help both cats and dogs. Our furry friends need fiber to pass their food, and all that’s needed is a teaspoon (small dogs) or a tablespoon (large dogs) mixed into a dog’s food to aid in their digestion.
Urinary Issues. Dogs also have urinary tract issues, especially when a dog is older. Pumpkin seeds may also be used as a way to help relieve urinary incontinence.
Coat and Skin. Pumpkin seeds are filled with fatty acids, and these essential fatty acids will help moisturize your dog’s coat. Grinding up seeds and putting them into your dog’s food is the best way to feed your pet pumpkin seeds because it maximizes the seed’s benefits.
Weight Loss. Obesity in animals is rising, and adding pumpkin into your dog’s diet can help keep a dog satiated, add fiber to the dog’s diet and also reduce the amount of food a dog eats regularly.
There is also some evidence that pumpkin seeds may help protect against gastrointestinal parasites.
You can feed your pup canned pumpkin or raw pumpkin seeds, but many dogs prefer roasted seeds. Simply bake the seeds, allow to cool and grind them up before putting them in your dog’s food to maximize the benefits for your dog.
A staple in the Mediterranean diet, olives are salty and savory. Whether you enjoy them in a martini, as a late-night snack or on top of a pizza, you may be tempted to share this little indulgence with your pup. Mediterranean food is supposed to be the healthiest in the world, so surely olives must be okay for your pup to eat – right?
Can Dogs Eat Olives?
Here’s the good news: olives aren’t toxic to dogs. The bad news? They’re only safe in small quantities and not all dogs tolerate this fruit (yes, olives are a fruit).
Like most other fruits, dogs can eat olives in moderation. They actually contain many beneficial vitamins and minerals for your pup. Plain, pitted and unsalted olives can be a tasty, healthy treat for Fido.
Olives are a rich source of healthy fats and protein. But feeding your pup too many olives can add unnecessary calories to his diet. A few olives here and there probably won’t hurt your dog, but feeding your dog too many too often may lead to weight gain.
Eating too many olives in one sitting can also cause diarrhea, vomiting or stomach pain.
If your dog eats a significant amount of olives, consult with your veterinarian immediately.
Nutrients in Olives
Olives are nutrient-rich, low in carbohydrates and loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals, including:
They’re also rich in antioxidants, including:
These nutrients can help prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation, boost your dog’s immune system and may even help prevent some cancers. They can also improve your pup’s bone health and vision.
Dogs may benefit from some of these nutrients, but olives are not a substitute for a well-balanced dog food.
The Potential Risks of Feeding Your Dog Olives
Olives are fine for dogs in moderation, but they must be:
Free of spices and herbs
Olive pits can be hazardous for your pup. He may choke on them, or they can cause bowel obstruction in some cases. They can block a dog’s airways or get lodged in the intestinal tract. Pits are also incredibly hard and can crack your pup’s tooth if he tries to chew it.
Pickled olives can be a problem because they’re often high in sodium. When dogs have too much sodium, it can cause dehydration and toxicity.
Canned and jarred olives often come marinated with seasonings and herbs. They taste great, but they can be toxic for your dog. Steer clear of olives that contain:
Check the ingredient list before feeding olives to your dog. If it contains anything more than just olives, avoid feeding it to your pup.
Can Dogs Eat Olive Oil?
We know that olives are okay for dogs to eat in moderation. What about olive oil?
Yes, it’s safe for dogs to eat olive oil in moderation. Olive oil is high in fat, so a little bit goes a long way. Feeding too much olive oil can cause digestive issues and weight gain.
But giving your pup a little olive oil with his meals can help with:
Disease prevention, like diabetes and heart disease
Health gurus swear by coconut for human health. We put coconut oil in our food, we drink coconut water and we add shredded coconut to our smoothies and shakes. Because coconut is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, you may be interested in feeding it to your dog.
After all, we know that coconut oil is safe for dogs.
But is it safe to feed your dog coconut meat?
Can Dogs Eat Coconut?
Yes! Dogs can eat coconut meat. In fact, the meaty part of the coconut is just as healthy as the oil. Of course, you should always consult with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any new food.
Potential Side Effects and Risks of Coconut
Coconut is safe and healthy for dogs, but they contain medium chain triglycerides, which can cause bloating and gastrointestinal upset. That’s why it’s important to only give your dog a little bit of coconut at a time to gauge his reaction to the food.
Also, you want to avoid giving your dog any part of the coconut shell. The coconut’s hard shell could become lodged in your pup’s throat, cause intestinal irritation or possibly even cause a blockage in the intestines.
The Health Benefits of Coconut for Dogs
Most dogs love the taste of coconut meat. This is one treat you don’t have to feel guilty about feeding your dog.
Coconut offers many health benefits for your canine friend, including:
Stronger Immune System
Coconut is rich in antioxidants that support your dog’s immune system and helps your pup’s body fight back against viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi.
There is some evidence that coconut has anti-viral properties and can reduce inflammation.
If your pup is feeling a little under the weather, a coconut treat may help him recover more quickly.
Coconut meat is rich in lauric acid, which is a medium-chain fatty acid. Dogs can absorb these molecules whole, which allows them to use them as a direct source of energy.
Lauric acid can be helpful at fighting off viruses, like influenza. It can also aid in the treatment of yeast infections, like Giardia and ringworm.
On top of all of this, coconut has demonstrated some significant anti-inflammatory properties in laboratory studies.
Reduced inflammation can speed up the healing of cuts, hot spots and other wounds. Inflammation is also a great contributor to arthritis, so feeding your pup coconut may help alleviate joint pain.
Better Skin and Coat
The oils in the coconut meat are very beneficial for your dog’s skin and coat. You can also use coconut milk externally to moisturize your dog’s skin in the winter and keep his coat shiny.
The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut can reduce yeast infections, flea allergies, hot spots and dry skin.
Can Dogs Drink Coconut Milk?
If coconut oil and coconut meat is safe for dogs to eat, you would assume that coconut milk would be safe for your pup. But is it?
Yes, your dog can drink coconut milk in moderation. Coconut milk is not toxic to dogs and may even offer some health benefits, like:
Helping fight viruses
Making the coat shiny
Improving the immune system
Improving their breath
The biggest issue is that coconut milk is often processed and may contain additives that are unhealthy for dogs.
Other coconut products, like coconut water, oil and meat, can provide more benefits. These products are rich in nutrients, electrolytes and healthy fats.
Dogs, especially puppies, have a bad habit of eating everything. My puppy, just under four months of age, has tried to eat rocks, mulch, bugs, balls and anything he can get his mouth on. And living in apple country, it’s tempting to feed my dog apples.
Yes. Your dog can eat apples, but before you go and hand your pup one of these delightful fruits, you need to know how to properly feed the apple to your dog. There are some parts of the apple which dogs ought to avoid.
Seeds contain cyanide.
You definitely don’t want your pet to chew and eat the seeds. Stems are an area of constant debate, and if you want to be safe, avoid feeding your dog stems, too. It’s always best to err on the side of caution when feeding your pet any food that may not be good for them.
Dogs rely on you, the pet parent, to know what they can and cannot eat.
One more part of the apple that you want to avoid feeding your dog is the core. Not only can the core of the apple contain seeds, but the core is also a potential choking hazard. It’s best to not feed the core of the apple to your pet.
Even larger dogs can choke on apple cores.
Cut Up the Apple
Your dog has sharp teeth and powerful jaws that can chew through bone, and they can eat large chunks of apples. Pet parents often cut the apple up so that they can make sure that they remove all of the seeds and core.
Afterwards, you can feed the remaining bits of the apple to your dog.
Apples Need to Be Eaten in Small Amounts
The size of your dog will dictate how much apple the dog can safely eat. A dog that eats too many apples will suffer from:
Moderation is key when feeding your pet apples. Humans will also have these two symptoms if they eat too many apples.
Benefits of Apples for Dogs
Dogs can eat apples, but do they provide a health benefit to your dog? Yes. It’s true, dogs are primarily meat eaters when they’re out in the wild. In fact, a lot of dog owners will feed their dogs a “raw” diet because it’s closer to what your pet would eat in the wild.
But dogs will also forage whenever possible to supplement their diet.
Apples might make it on the menu, and when they do, the pup will benefit from:
High dietary fiber
Apples are also filled with antioxidants. Dogs, whether or not most owners realize it, also have to eat different foods to clean their teeth. Apples will freshen your dog’s breath and remove particles that make the dog’s breath smell.
The nutritional content of apples makes them a great treat substitute.
Apples are low in protein and low in fat. Older dogs benefit from low protein and fat because it’s better for their health. Some dogs will have a problem metabolizing protein, and this may show up in liver tests.
Instead of meaty treats, apples will provide high dietary fiber, low fat and protein which is ideal for dogs on higher protein diets.
If you plan on making apples a normal part of a dog’s diet, vets recommend introducing apples slowly. Gradual introduction allows the dog’s digestive system to get accustomed to the new food in their diet and avoid diarrhea and other side effects.
Can Dogs Eat Applesauce?
Apple sauce is OK for dogs to eat in small amounts but not recommended as a regular diet option. Brown sugar is often used in applesauce, raising the sugar content to dangerous levels.
Can Dogs Eat Apple Cores?
Apple cores are not safe due to the presence of the seeds, and can also become a choking hazard.
Can Dogs Eat Green Apples?
Green apples are OK for dogs to eat. Some dogs will balk at them due to the more sour flavor of a green apple compared to other variety’s.
Can Dogs Eat Apples With The Skin?
The apple skin is fine for a dog to consume. Rinsing the apple before eating is always recommended for both canines and humans.
Mushrooms are a popular food item that are very high in antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals. Mushrooms are commonly considered a vegetable, but are actually a member of the fungi family. As a dog owner you may ask the question, are mushrooms safe for dogs?
Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?
Well in most cases the answer to this is yes. Mushrooms that are bought from your local grocery store that are safe for human consumption are also very safe for dogs to consume as well.
In general 99% of mushrooms are non toxic and very safe to be eaten in moderation by a dog. However around 1% of mushrooms are highly toxic and very dangerous. Consumption of these toxic mushrooms can lead to severe sickness and even death for a dog. This leads to the question of where these toxic mushrooms can be found.
Wild grown mushrooms is where these toxic mushrooms can be found. It is 100% unsafe for a dog to consume wild mushrooms, as you will not know which mushrooms are the safe ones, and which ones are the toxic and potentially deadly ones. These wild mushrooms can be found anywhere including in bush land, at the local park, or even in your own backyard.
Wild mushrooms will grow all year round but generally will be at peak growth during fall/autumn. Dog owners need to be vigilant in not allowing their dog to eat mushrooms when out exercising, and take particular care during peak growth periods for mushrooms.
If you suspect that your dog has consumed a toxic mushroom, contact your local veterinarian, or poison information center as soon as possible. They will advise the best course of action to take.
A sample of the mushroom can be greatly beneficial in treating a case of poisoning from a toxic mushroom, so if possible grab a sample of the offending mushroom so it can be identified by an expert.
Mushrooms That Are Known To Be Unsafe For Dogs?
According to the AKC, these following types of mushrooms are unsafe for dogs:
Amanita Phalloides – known as Death Cap
Galerina Marginata – known as Deadly Galerina
Amanita Gemmata – known as Jeweled Death Cap
Amanita Muscaria – known as Deadly Agaric or Fly Agaric
Gyromitra spp – known as False Morel
Here are some warning sign to watch out for, that may indicate a dog has consumed a toxic mushroom:
Lack Of Energy
Lack of Coordination
In summary, store bought mushrooms should be very safe for a dog to eat in moderation. Wild mushrooms must be avoided at all costs, due to the small percentage of that that are highly toxic and may lead to death for the dog. If you suspect your dog may have consumed a toxic mushroom, get in contact with your local vet ASAP.
Can Dogs Eat Cooked Mushrooms?
Store bought cooked mushrooms on their own should be fine for your dog. However many ingredients often included when cooking with mushrooms like, garlic, onions, oils and seasonings can be unsafe for dogs.
Whether you’re taking Fido kayaking, canoeing, boating or swimming, it’s important to take steps to ensure that your pup is safe on the water. Some dogs, like Labs and Retrievers, are natural swimmers. Others have a little trouble staying afloat. Even water-loving dogs may have some difficulty swimming due to their age or a health condition.
A dog life jacket will help keep your dog safe out on the open water. Not only will it help keep Fido afloat, but it will also make your pup more visible to others.
To help you find the right jacket for your dog, we’re going to tell you what to look for when comparing models, how to measure your dog for the right fit and our three picks for the best dog life jacket.
What To Look For In A Dog Life Jacket
Just like with human life jackets, there are some things you need to consider and look for when buying a doggy flotation device.
These things include:
Your pup’s life jacket should be comfortable with a snug fit, but he should still have good range of motion in the neck and legs. If the jacket is too tight, it could make your dog uncomfortable and may even cause chafing in some areas.
Comfort is important and you want to try to get it right the first time. If your pup’s first experience with a life jacket is a bad one, he may never want to wear one again.
Color and Safety
Bright-colored jackets with reflective strips are ideal. Eye-catching colors will make your dog more visible to boaters, surfers and jet skiers. It will also make it easier for you to find your pup if he jets off and decides to swim by himself.
Reflective strips are a great safety feature to have if you plan to swim during or after sunset, as they make your pup more visible to others on the water.
Handles and Leash Attachments
Handles and leash attachments are convenient features that make it easier to maneuver your dog on the water.
Durable top handles make it easier to lift your dog up onto the boat or dock. A leash attachment can be useful for situations where you can’t lift Fido out of the water. The leash will keep him nearby until you can get more help getting him out of the water.
Some dog life jackets come with extra floatation material underneath the belly, which will help keep your pup above water. Many models also have front floatation pads designed to keep your pup’s head above water.
What’s the Best Dog Life Jacket?
1. Top Pick: Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat
Ruffwear’s K-9 Float Coat was made for the water. Foam panels are strategically placed to support your dog’s natural swimming position. The jacket also comes equipped with abrasion-resistant, water-friendly webbing.
The jacket features an adjustable telescoping neck closure and adjustable side straps to fit a wide range of dogs. The easy-clip, sheltered buckles keep the straps firmly in place, and the low-profile handle is positioned in a way that makes it easier to lift your dog out of the water.
For added safety, the jacket features reflective trim and is compatible with Ruffwear’s Beacon Light (not included).
The K-9 Float Coat is available in four colors:
It also comes in six sizes: XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.
Comes in bright, eye-catching colors
Reflective trim for added safety
Adjustable features for a more secure fit
Made with water-friendly, abrasion-resistant material
May not work well for big-chested/front-heavy dogs
If your dog is a big-chested or front-heavy breed, this jacket may have some trouble keeping your dog above water.
Otherwise, the Float Coat is a favorite among dog owners. Its durability and quality make it a step above other models on the market.
2. Runner-Up: EzyDog Doggy Floatation Device
The EzyDog Doggy floatation device is designed and tested to give dogs the most comfortable and ergonomic fit possible. The adjustable design offers 50% more floatation material and neoprene straps for a better fit.
An integrated grab handle makes it easier to handle your dog and guide him in and out of the water. For added safety, this jacket also has integrated reflective trim for better visibility at night.
The jacket even has an integrated “D” ring that allows you to hook up a leash or a light.
The EzyDog life jacket comes in three colors: red, green camo, and yellow.
It also comes in five sizes:
Comes in bright colors and multiple sizes
Has more floatation material
Reflective trim for added safety
Sizing is a little off
The only complaint with this life jacket is that the sizing is a little off. Some users recommend ordering a size larger than you think you need. Remember to measure your dog accurately to ensure that you order the right size.
Otherwise, this life preserver stands up to the test of active dogs, and offers an ergonomic fit that allows dogs to stay on the move.
3. Value Choice: Vivaglory Sports Style Ripstop Dog Life Jacket
For those on a tighter budget, the Vivaglory Sports Dog Life Vest is a great option and offers excellent value for the money. The vest comes in several bright colors (neon green, orange, neon yellow, camo blue, camo pink, lake blue, hot pink, and golden yellow) and is constructed with material that passes the CA65 standard.
Like the jacket from EzyDog, this model also has 50% more floatation material. And the design of the vest does not interfere with your dog’s natural movement. Reflective trim adds to the safety of this vest, and a center-weighted grab handle allows you to carry your dog if necessary.
Offers more floatation material
Does not hinder your dog’s natural movement
Reflective trim makes your dog more visible at night
Comfortable and durable design
Fit isn’t as snug or customizable as other jackets
The Vivaglory life jacket does not have the same adjustable or customizable features that other models offer, but many users say it’s the only vest that their dog feels comfortable in.
How to Measure Your Dog for Correct Fit
Sizing is one of the most important things to get right when buying a life jacket for your dog. A jacket that’s too big or small won’t provide the right level of protection and may make your dog uncomfortable.
To find the right size, you’ll need to measure your dog. The process is similar to when you buy a harness or shirt for your pup.
There are three main areas that you’ll need to measure: body girth, neck girth and your dog’s length.
Body Girth: Measure the distance around the widest part of the dog’s ribcage. Keep in mind that the jacket should be form-fitting much like a human life jacket.
Neck Girth: Measure the distance around the widest part of the dog’s neck. Remember that the jacket should have a snug fit, but should not restrict breathing. Make sure that the measurement isn’t too tight around the neck.
Pet Length: To find your dog’s length, measure from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. Keep in mind that if you have a long-bodied dog, like a corgi or a dachshund, the life jacket will not cover the entire body.
Use these three measurements to find the right size life jacket for your dog. The product description should include a size chart that will make your life easier.
Safety Tips When Using a Dog Life Jacket
If the current is strong or you’re having a hard time lifting your dog out of the water, attaching a leash will keep your pup nearby until you can get assistance.
Give your dog a chance to practice using the life jacket before taking him on the water. This will give him time to get used to the feeling of the life jacket and will give you a chance to see how well the vest performs.
Develop a game plan in case your dog goes overboard.
Check to make sure that the life jacket is properly fastened and secured before allowing your dog to swim in the water.