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    I'm wondering if you guys have a plan if your dog sustains a severe injury in the field? I have been doing a lot of research on this myself, and have ordered a book specifically on sporting dog first aid as well as put together a canine first-aid kit. The big question I have is, what to do if the dog has a serious injury that needs attention from a vet ASAP? From my understanding there are only 3 emergency animal hospitals in MN that are open all the time and they're all in the metro. A good chunk of pheasant country in MN is in the lighter populated areas of the state and God forbid if something life-threatening happens to your dog what do you do?

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    This has crossed my mind, and god forbid it ever happens. I am curious too. My thought call the local vet in the area and cross my fingers. I think there is an emergency number sometimes.

    One event sticks out in my mind. My dog and I were walking around a pond and came across a dried ditch a beaver had been using years ago. There were dager looking branches everywhere. My dog jumped across before I had seen this and I thank got she missed all the danger branches. It reminded me of the movie The Edge with Anthony Hopkins having the bears weight stab itself with the branch spear. Scary stuff when it's you dog this almost happening too.

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    Plan ahead and keep a list of local vets (and their phone numbers) in the area you are going to hunt. I think almost all vets have an emergency number in case they are needed after normal clinic hours.
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    Lot's of vets have moved or retired and their numbers still appear live on the net. The list may best be verified by giving them a call.

    Dog ripped her chest open on a barb wire fence and needed staples. First two vets were no longer in business. We called a vet in a larger town and made the 35 minute drive.

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    We had a situation like this years ago and the vet was closed but had a emergency # that we called and they met us at the vet and took care of the dog. Do your research for the area you will be hunting in, most rural areas have a vet that might be on call because they deal with a lot of farm animals and things like that.

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    I've got a dog first aid kit that I bought in 2012 when I first got my lab. That said, I don't know if I have opened it since then and I'm not sure I would know what to do if I needed to use something in it. I've been telling myself for years that I need to look into it a bit.... I have opened it to put some antibacterial ointment or gauze around legs a few times when there's a small cut from barbed wire, but that's it.

    Researching a list of vets in the area you plan to hunt would be a good start, and verifying their emergency numbers or that they are still active. Like other posts have mentioned, most have an emergency # that their recording will give you if you call after hours. It is also wise to carry an updated vaccination record or whatever medical info you have on your dog with you, never know what may happen and what that new emergency vet may need to know or have proof of.

    One of my 2 SD trips with groups has a vet that hunts with us, so I am at least covered for my longest hunting trip of the year in case of a field emergency. But that only makes up a small percentage of my overall hunting each year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    Plan ahead and keep a list of local vets (and their phone numbers) in the area you are going to hunt. I think almost all vets have an emergency number in case they are needed after normal clinic hours.
    Absolutely.

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    My dog was badly cut on the left foreleg while hunting today in NW Iowa (opening day).

    A couple of us had first aid kits.

    I applied antiseptic cream. Placed a gauze and wrapped the leg with "vet wrap".

    A conservation officer was present at the time. Using his cell phone (mine did not have a good signal), I called a veterinarian in a town about 25 miles away. I got my dog there and they cleaned, stitched, and stapled the wound.

    I need to heed the advice of this thread and get the numbers of local veterinarians.

    With out the CO's local knowledge, I would have been scrambling.

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    Weekday hunting is during the day hours at this time of the year. There is always a veterinarian within 30 miles of most MN hunting areas during the day. Knowing where the nearest hospital is basic health information. Most towns that have a hospital have a veterinarian. I would think most people woud be aware of basic first aid? If not... put pressure over bleeding...
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    All bleeding eventually stops.

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