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Keep Your Pets Safe While Boating

Summer's here, and in the Carolinas, that means it's time to get the boat out on the water. If you are a dog owner, you may be planning to take your pooch with you. Before you set sail, follow these steps to ensure your best friend's outing is a safe one.

When you pack up your vehicle to head to the water, make sure you not only have life jackets for your family but one for your pet, too. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, depending on the conditions, he may experience difficulty or fatigue. And if you get in a situation where you have to pull your pup out of the water, the life jacket gives you something you can easily grab. 

Everyone should carry a first aid kit on their boat, but the Humane Society of the United States recommends some pet-specific items to bring. Make sure you have a pet first aid book, important phone numbers, copies of your pet's health records, a leash, a self-cling bandage, and a muzzle or soft strips of cloth that prevent biting should your pet get injured. Also, keep your standard first aid supplies stocked and up-to-date, including any prescription medications for your pet. Use your AAA membership to save up to 75% on your pet's prescriptions.

Before you take your pet on their first trip, familiarize them with the boat and the water. Bring your pet to the vessel and let them check it out while the boat is docked. Turn on the engine to make sure the noise doesn't spook them, and find a safe place to introduce them to the water. 

Once your pet is ready, your boat is safe and seaworthy, and you have the right vehicle to get your boat to the water, it's time to shove off. But make sure to continue to monitor your pet. Boating season can get hot, so make sure your pet has a shady place to relax and access to fresh water throughout the trip. Keep them from drinking lake or sea water, which can make them sick and dehydrated. Allow for regular land stops throughout the day so that your pet has ample opportunities for bathroom breaks. 

With boating season upon us, it is the perfect time to reassess your boat insurance policies to make sure you are adequately covered. AAA Insurance offers premium boat insurance from several national companies that specialize in tailoring coverage to fit your specific needs. Give them a call today at 1-866-334-1313 so you can relax and enjoy your time on the water. 

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