Going on trips is the best part of being a dog owner— the sense of adventure, wonder, and fun makes having man’s best friend some of the best memories you will ever make. If you are a hunting dog owner, things can be even wilder as you hit hard terrains and rocky trails. How do you make sure you are prepared for the best and the worst of the trip? You make sure to have all the best basics like plenty of snacks, water, and, of course, a first aid kit.
What you need – the basics
Every first aid kit should be equipped with basics in the case of an emergency. Items like absorbent gauze pads, blankets, hydrogen peroxide, ice packs, scissors, saline solution, and antiseptic wipes are a must for both your dog and yourself. These basics can aid in emergencies and ensure that you and your dog have enough time to gain additional help if necessary from a vet or doctor.
Sometimes emergencies can be challenging depending on where you are and what you are doing. The Humane Society organization also suggests having other useful items on hand if you know you are going to be somewhere not close enough to reach your veterinarian. Those items are Benadryl for any allergic reactions that can occur out in the wild, ear-cleaning solution, corn syrup or glucose paste for a diabetic dog, nail clippers, flashlight, splints, tongue depressors, and styptic powder.
Once you have built your first aid kit, ensure that all items are up-to-date and fresh so you and your dog are always ready for a trip. Keep a list of medical issues that you and your dog have on file with an ICE (in-case-of-an-emergency) card inside the box or bag in case of extreme situations where you are not responsive.
Preparing for emergency situations
The best way to be prepared is to practice. Once a location is picked for a trip, make sure to gather data about that area: is it rocky or grassy? What is the weather like? Are there any bugs or animal life that can be around that can be dangerous or induce an allergic reaction? How far is the location from an emergency vet clinic or hospital?
The more you know about an area, the more you can prepare your first aid kit accordingly and also know how to pack. If you already know your dog is prone to certain scenarios like allergic reactions or tends to get dehydrated faster, make sure you pack enough of the items you will need— and always have plenty of water on hand.
What else do you need?
Sometimes the prep for a trip is the most exhausting part—how do you know you have packed everything? If you feel overwhelmed there are plenty of pre-packaged first aid kits to choose from online or in store. So get packing for your next adventure!