Local day trips where I can be at a my Vet in a couple of hours usually not. Any time I am going on an overnight or more where access to the Vet is in question (think Susitna Flats, Cold Bay Etc.. I pack one. As important as what I bring is knowing what to do with it...every year about this time I have my Vet go over it, replace what is dated, and give me a refresher on how to use it. The basics of mine are eye wash, (amazing the amount of small seds that will get in thier eyes) Rymadel for the hard days, several differnt levels of anti diarrhea pills, (dog eats something nasty when my back is turned), Antiseptic wash, sulfa paste, Antibiotics, and a small bottle of ear wash/dryer. I also bring several cans of ID dog food...serves a couple purposes. Easy on a upset stomach, or when they on day 3 of a remote hunt and get to not eating alot it gets mixed with their regular food so I can get some calories in her. Also bandages and the like to close a wound. Nuttin worse than being days away from help, your buddy is hurtin, and you do not have the resoures to help
This is some great info. A few of us thought it would be very benificial if one of the local hunting or dog training organizations could possiblyl host a short class on this exact subject. In a couple of the clubs I belong too we talked about getting a vet to come in and do this but with the rat race of summer and everthing else it got shuffled to the side. PCnAK you covered alot of good stuff in your list and it sounds like you have an excellent vet would you mind sharing who you use?
Have you guys noticed that those "doggie first aid kits" (especially sold at the Camouflage Box stores) contain, for the most part, the exat same stuff as my "people" first aid kit? And the ones at BPS are $99!
So, if you don't mind, I'll take this question and expand on it by asking: What do you carry for your dog's first aid needs that is different from your own first aid needs, and how do you use those canine specific items?
Things I keep on hand in my dog truck and what I take with me on remote fly in hunting trips. All this fits in a small pop top rubber maid.
Rolls of sterile gauze, athletic wrap(self sticking), water proof tape(I have lots of this stuff), antiseptic(iodine or the like) to clean wounds, antiseptic ointment for scrapes, small scissors, tweezers, small eye wash and a tube of opthamolic ointment, super glue( yes super glue. Works great in a pinch to close up a small open wound. Make sure it's clean before doing so.), Benadryl tablets for allergic reactions, anti diarrhea tablets ( cut with a knife to half dose, my local vet also supplied me with medication for extreme cases.). I also have antibiotic medication on hand., bottle of ear rinse, thermometer, sewing needle and light fishing line( I've only had to sew up a wound once on a dog. Ripped its skin down the length of the front fore leg.), a vial of styptic powder( to stop small bleeding, like from a nail) , a splint form( that can be molded to different shapes), thermal blanket,
thats just off the top of my head. I may have forgotten a few things.
For the dog, a wound stapler and K9 opthalmic ointment. The other stuff is dual purpose for me and the dog. I like Coban/Vet Wrap instead of tape for the dogs, seems to keep things in place better. Don't care for Iodine, I use Benzalkonium Chloride antiseptic. Will use Hibecleanz for washing first. My kit fits in an ammo box which is durable and keeps everything dry.
As for pills such as Rimadyl, I'd hesitate to give them to a dog that has never had it before. Most things will be ok, but what if that first time there is a reaction. Not to pick on that drug, but I did have a dog that reacted badly to it. I've had a couple w/ no issues. I'd be cautious w/ first time medications.