All About Dog Life-Jackets

pit bull dog in a life jacket in a red canoe on a calm lake

As summer approaches, we all look forward to spending more time outside with our pups! Many dog owners immediately head to the nearest body of water for some R&R on the lake or by the pool. Most dogs love water and are natural swimmers. However, there are some breeds which are a little less graceful than others when it comes to the doggy paddle. Having fun with your pet is super important but so is safety. It may seem a little silly to purchase a life-jacket for your dog, but they come in handy for other reasons, too.

Does my dog really need a life-jacket?

If your dog is a water hound, you may feel as if a life-jacket isn’t necessary; however, if you are doing any watersports and your dog is along for the ride, there is always a chance for your pup to spontaneously take a dip – planned or not. When that happens, having one will come in handy.

Here are a few reasons to consider getting one:

  • They come in a variety of sizes and colors. Whether you have a Welsh Corgi or a Golden Retriever, life-jackets come in all sizes and colors for easily spotting your furry friend. Some include a reflective strip.
  • They act as a harness. The best life-jackets have a “D-ring” on the back where a leash can be attached, which is convenient for getting in and out of the car and boat.
  • They have a handle and other nifty compartments. Like a backpack, most life-jackets will have a handle to easily lift your dog in and out of the water. Some even have small, light-weight compartments for storing doggie waste bags.

With these reasons in mind, we picked a few of our favorite life-jackets, as recommended by the AKC.

The Best Life-Jackets for Dogs

1. Outward Hound Granby Dog Life Jacket – A great option for all breeds! This jacket comes in five sizes from extra-small to extra-large with several different safety features and flotation panels.

2. Kimol Shark Fin Dog Life Jacket – If your dog is aiming for the cutest jacket, this is it! With an adorable shark fin, this vest will keep your pup afloat for all water activities.

3. Vivaglory Dog Life Jacket – As the highest-rated jacket, this option will keep your pup safe and secure with extra padding and plenty of room for movement.

4. Hurtta Dog Life Savior Jacket – For the pro pups, this jacket is specially designed for dogs who are always in the water! It’s lightweight and allows for free movement in the water and on land.

If you have any questions about the safety precautions or style of jacket that’s best for your dog, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to advise you in making the best decision for your pet!

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Casey Laughter
Casey Laughter
posted 1 week ago

We love this vets office. We switched my dog over about 1-1 1/2 years ago and her care is the best it has ever been. The staff is so welcoming and informative. We see Dr. Jacob most of the time. We recently added to our dog family and they got us in right away because the new addition had some medical issues needing addressed. We were in the next day and got on a treatment plan and wellness package.

Abigail Lee
Abigail Lee
posted 3 months ago

We absolutely LOVE Tipp City Vet! All of the staff are professional and friendly, always happy to see us and my girl, Ollie! I have been bringing Ollie here for care for about 2 years and always had a wonderful experience. They are thorough and make sure you feel at ease about your pet.
About two months ago, we started bringing my girl here for doggy daycare once or twice a week and she loves it! She has a chance to get all her Aussie energy out while I'm at work. She's always so happy when I pick her up!!
My family has also utilized their lodging services several times. You can board your pets separately or together. They offer extra play sessions, bathing, etc. And if you're still worried about your pet, you can text their lodging phone number and they will send you pictures of your pet! Great for nervous Dog Moms like me!
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Lori K
Lori K
posted 3 weeks ago

We love Tipp City Vets. The staff is always friendly and helpful. We absolutely appreciate the fact that the Veterinarians will take the time to call us to discuss any issues or concerns about our rabbit. They are also very knowledgeable when it comes to exotic pets. Their hours of operation are quite expansive. This is a definite plus. In addition to the pet-friendly atmosphere, the place is always neat and clean.

Jerri Isaacs
Jerri Isaacs
posted 3 months ago

Let me start with we are not from Tipp City, we are not even from Ohio. We drive a semi transporting expedited freight and delivered less than a mile from the clinic. My almost 12 yr old boy Ticket had a nasty cough and definitely was not himself. We were there before opening hours this morning. Even under this pandemic contagious possibilities they seen my Ticket. He had his initial exam, then xrays, and then ultrasound. Congestive heart failure are scary words. I believe my boys life was saved today. I cannot say enough about this clinic ❤❤❤. What they don't know is he's my partner we have competed together in dog sports including nationally. We have 9 titles never placing less than 3rd. We have been through so much together.. I did all his training from the time I adopted him from the breeder at 18 months old. He was not doing well as show dog. He is my service dog retired at 9 years but we are still together every day.

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