What you need in your canine first-aid kit

First off, you should talk to your vet about potential injuries and how to treat them before you go out on a hunt. That way, you'll have an idea of what kinds of problems to expect. Also discuss any specific needs your dog may have due to its age, state of health or breed.

As well, before you head out assemble a canine first-aid kit and store it in your vehicle. Make a smaller version of the kit to carry with you in the field should you be unable to quickly return to your truck or car.

Besides consulting your vet and preparing a first-aid kit before venturing afield, you should also:

  • Carry a cell phone and your veterinarian's number with you (or, if hunting far from home, the phone number for the closest veterinarian, along with directions to the clinic)

  • Be aware of any poisonous plants in the area

  • Know where water is located in case of hyperthermia

  • Pack any medication or special food your dog may need.

First-aid kit essentials

  • Eye flush (such as saline solution)
  • Rolls of sterile and stretchy gauze
  • Non-adhesive medical pads
  • Self-adhesive flexible bandage  (such as Vetwrap or Conform)
  • Medical tape
  • Antiseptic solution and ointment
  • Antihistamine (for stings)
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Hemostats or needle-nose pliers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting)
  • Activated charcoal (to bind poisons)
  • Syringe
  • Skunk scent remover
  • Magnifying glass
  • Water