The Retrieve with Bags and Shadow: Emergency Field Kit for your Dog
By: Michael Baggetta
It’s that time of year when the temperature starts dropping, the ducks are beginning to migrate south and in most states the waterfowl season has opened. It’s time for you and your hunting companion to hit the field.
As duck hunters, we try to prepare the best we can. Most of us will over pack- from the amount of shells we bring out, decoys, and even the layers we wear to keep us warm, but one of the most common items duck hunters tend to forget is the Emergency Field kit for our furry friend. In most cases, your companion is the hardest working member of the team!
The goal of this kit is to help manage and stabilize any potential injuries while in the field. We want to be able to stabilize our dog until we can get him to professional treatment. The nice thing about putting this kit together is it cannot only help your dog but can be for personal use as well. There will be a few items you won’t need as well as items you don’t want to cross contaminate so make sure you have multiple for hygiene reasons.
You can never be over prepared for any type of emergency in the field! One of the most common emergencies for a field dog is hyperthermia(too hot) or hypothermia(too cold). You should include a thermometer in your kit, to be able to monitor body temperature. This is one of those items you may want multiples of (for you and one for your furry friend) because you would have to take his temperature rectally.
The old saying duct tape can fix anything is true. Include a roll of duct tape and superglue in your kit. If you or your pup get cut up and you need to close up the wound quickly, duct tape will work . It can be a little less costly than medical tape. As for the superglue, what do you think medical grade liquid stitches are? Both super glue and liquid stitches are essentially the same thing.
I think in every good emergency kit Hydrogen peroxide is a must. This is another item that can be used for both you and your furry friend. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to help clean wounds as well as help induce vomiting for your dog if they ingest something they shouldn’t have. Be sure to consult your vet to understand how to administer it correctly.
If you wish to include some medication in kit there are some human meds you can use, but I would strongly suggest you speak with your veterinarian.
Below is a list of items you may wish to include in your emergency kit for short term care (again can be used for both you and your dog).
Emergency Kit Checklist:
- Thermometer (x2)
- Travel size bottle of rubbing alcohol
- Travel size bottle of hydrogen peroxide
- Several sizes of gauze pads (sterile and non-sterile)
- Duct tape
- Trauma pad
- Super glue
- Alcohol prep pads
- Ice Pack
- Veterinary self-cling wrap
- Trauma shears
- Multi-tool with needle-nose pliers
- Pediatric Benadryl
- Buffered aspirin
While these are just some guidelines and suggestions of items/ uses for items in your emergency kit, I am not a veterinarian. Feel free to consult a vet with any questions or concerns you may have about field care for your canine.
Until next time – Keep the retrieve alive!