We’ve written before on this blog about the risks that hunters face in the field. We’ve talked about the most common types of injuries and given you some pointers that will hopefully help you to avoid injuries. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t also provide you with some tips on preventing and treating injuries to our four legged hunting partners too. We are referring to dogs. They, of course, don’t have the rationale or intellect to help them avoid injuries in the fields so it is up to you to protect and treat man/woman’s best friend while you are Argentina bird hunting. Here are some helpful pointers to help you take care of your dog in the field.
- Bring a dog first aid kit: Amazon, as well as many other retailers, sells dog first aid kits that help you to treat your dog in the event the/she is injured while on the hunt. Be sure that your kit contains at a minimum bandages, Benadryl, Neosporin or other antibiotic, mineral oil, a sticky, stretchy wrap and super glue.
- Watch for overheating: Of course, dogs do not sweat and thus cannot cool themselves as efficiently as we humans. Let your dog rest if he starts to pant excessively and always provide him with plenty of water during those long hunts in hot weather.
- Check your dog’s feet and nose regularly: Check the terrain in the area in which you will be hunting for sticker bushes, cactuses, etc. In particular, look for swelling on the dog’s paws and for excessive licking. Finally, if your dog is bitten by a snake, be sure to take it to a veterinarian immediately.
Treating Injuries in the Field
Of course, it is sometimes necessary to treat your dog’s minor injuries while you and he/she are in the field. Here are some tips for treating minor injuries in the field and major injuries until a veterinarian can be reached.
- Cut paw or foreign object in foot: In the event your dog has a foreign object in his/her foot, remove it immediately. After this, clean the wound with an antiseptic and apply antibiotic salve. Finally, apply a bandage to the dog’s foot.
- Waterborne disease: Every dog owner knows that dogs are not very discriminating about the water source from which they choose to drink. This means that they may get sick when drinking from puddles containing giardia and cryptosporidium and the like. Keep your dog well hydrated to prevent it from drinking from stagnant water sources. If your dog shows signs of sickness, take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Barbed wire or serious cuts: For these kinds of wounds apply pressure immediately to control bleeding. After that, clean the wound with antiseptic and antibiotic ointment. Finally, wrap the wound in a bandage or by gluing or stapling it shut.
Your Argentina duck hunting trip will be a much more enjoyable experience once you have peace of mind that your best friend is well protected against injury. Look out for your best friend just as he/she looks out for you.