Home » Dog First Aid

Tag: Dog First Aid

QuikClot Gauze


I’m always making small adjustments to the items I consider Every Day Carry (EDC) in my bird vest based on the conditions and situations we run into in the field.

Of course there are always shells, there’s always water, generally a snack though it may be from a previous hunting season. Most of the EDC items focus on dealing with the foreseen yet unlikely. It only takes one bird dog encounter with a porcupine before hemostats make it into your vest.

Quikclot Gauze is the latest addition to my vest’s first aid capabilities. There’s a field full of stickers, slashers and scrapers targeting you or the dogs and depending how far from your full first aid kit, bleeding can become problem. In the past, I’d carry a couple sugar packs — sugar being a coagulant. But the Quikclot Gauze is a cleaner solution. Light, compact and cost effective, the gauze can be used if your bird dog suffers a cut or if you or a hunting partner take one for the team. It’s said to stop bleeding up to 5 times faster.

It’s one of the things in my vest I hope to never need. But in the one instance I do, it will be great to have. It’s an easy add to your EDC. 


Adventure Dog Series Medical Kit

Adventure Dog Med Kit

Adventure Medical Kits is now providing first aid necessities for canine with their Adventure Dog Series.  When I heard about my friend’s new GSP I thought it would be a good excuse to get some quality puppy time and deliver the requisite puppy present.

Libby really likes the nifty carry case. It seems to contain most of the first aid basics with all types of bandages, medical scissors, saline and syringe for flushing eyes or ears, antihistamine, aspirin, tweezers, a leash which could also be used as a tourniquet. Maybe the best addition are the pet and people first aid guides which detail common injuries and treatment procedure.

We’re always adding new gear to our med kits, but this gives adventure seekers a really good start. Throw it in the truck and forget about it. Hopefully you’ll never need it but chances are hard working dogs will get a few bumps and bruises afield that need tending.

At around $45, it’s makes a great gift for new dog owners and a good way to remind those headed out with dogs to be prepared for pet mishaps.

Medical Kit Detail

Puppy with Medical Kit