Life Jackets for Pets
Four-legged family members need to stay safe on the water, too. There are a variety of life jackets made specifically for dogs (and even a few other types of pets). Check for them at marine supply stores and pet shops. A salesperson can help you measure your pet for the right fit.
The U. S. Coast Guard requires recreational vessels to have a wearable life jacket for each person aboard. These life jackets must be:
  • U. S. Coast Guard approved
  • The proper size for the intended wearer
  • In good and serviceable condition
  • Properly stowed (readily accessible)
All persons under 13 years of age in a boat 26 feet or less while underway on the waters of California shall wear a United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

Note: Boating out-of-state? There may be a different age requirement. Check with that state's boating authorities before heading out on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard has more life jacket information here.

National Safe Boating Council
Boat US Foundation
U.S.Coast Guard