When an injury occurs on the field, the number one goal is to stabilize the dog until you can get professional treatment. Your canine first aid kit should be stocked so that you are confident you can achieve this goal. A first aid kit for a dog is similar to a first aid kit for a person, but it's a good idea to have one dedicated for your pup and to take it along on all of your hunts. While most of the supplies will have a dual-purpose and will work on people just as well, the only thing you really don't want to share is a thermometer (a dog's temperature must be taken rectally). Having a dog thermometer in your first aid kit is important because many canine health emergencies are related to hyperthermia (too hot) or hypothermia (too cold).
The best way to get started is to purchase a dog specific first aid kit. At LCS, we carry a variety of options from a small, essentials pack you can carry in your vest, all the way up to a trauma kit. Once you have your kit, open it up and familiarize yourself with its contents. The last thing you want to do is open it for the first time during an emergency.
You can also add to any first aid kit that you've purchased. Here are a few simple items you might want to consider:
If you have any questions about any of the first aid kits we carry, click here or give us a call at 800-662-5202.
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