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Finding a Life Jacket for your Dog

Dog in the pool: All about dog life jackets

When it comes to caring for man’s best friend, most dog owners will do just about anything to keep their dogs safe and happy.  Throughout the colder months, you may dress your dog up in sweaters and booties to keep him warm in the winter’s cold.  As summer approaches, many families head to the pool, and want to make sure their canine is protected.  Because many families spend summer days by the pool, dog life jackets have become a necessity.

According to leading dog experts, dog life jackets come in a wide variety of types and colors.  Many are small enough to fit around the trunk of a small dog, such as a Jack Russell Terrier.  As a general rule, dog life jackets are made in bright colors.  This makes it easier to see your dog and rescue him, should he be in any danger.  Orange and bright yellow are quite popular, because they easily draw the eye.  Life jackets for dogs are usually made out of vinyl and are fastened with highly durable safety buckles.  Other colors, such as dark pink, are sold. 

However, finding the right dog life jackets for your dog can be tricky.  Many dog life jackets are insulated with foam, to ensure warmth and to keep it tight to your dog’s body.  There are many online retailers that specifically sell dog life jackets at low prices.  Dog life jackets can vary in size from 11 to 35 inches.  Of course, determining which size is right for your dog will depend on the breed. 

An 11 to 15 inch life Jacket will fit small dogs, such as poodles.  Dobermans and Rottweilers will benefit more from larger sizes, such as 35-inch jackets.  This size is considered large.  Many dog life jackets have a protective mesh on the underside of the garment.  This allows heat to escape, ensuring that your dog cools down.  Many vests have Velcro straps, which makes them easier to take on and off. 

To find the right life jacket for your dog is to do your research.  According to experts, dog life jackets rose to popularity in the beginning of the 2000s, and the trend is still going strong.  However, it can be hard to find life jackets to fit certain breeds.  It is important to consider the girth of the jacket.  You will need to make sure it fits around the widest part of your dog’s trunk. 

You can find dog life jackets at specialty retailers, which are especially prevalent on the internet.  By doing a search on dog life jackets, you will find a number of retailers that specialize in dog apparel.  Dog life vests have saved the lives of many canines. 

While there are dog life vests for adult canines, there are also life vests for puppies.  Most likely, you will start with a puppy life vest, and buy larger ones, as your puppy grows.  Some retailers take this into consideration, and will send you larger sizes as your dog gets bigger.   

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