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vet wrap - Co-flex bandage material is a really great bandaging product that sticks to itself but not your dog's fur. It should be available at pharmacies, farm supply stores, or from your local veterinarian. I strongly recommend that you include it in your first-aid kit.

The roll gauze is for bandage material and one other very important use - a muzzle can be made from a 2-3' section of 3" roll gauze. By taking a double wrap around the middle of the dog's muzzle and then extending the gauze ends behind the back of the dog's head near where it attaches to the neck and tying it there, you can fashion a very secure muzzle for your dog. Even the most docile, trusted dog might bite when in pain. It's a good idea to put a muzzle on any dog that is in even moderate pain.

The gauze sponges are for cleaning wounds and padding bandages. The non-adherent Telfa pads are used to cover abrasions, puncture wounds, or shallow cuts; as the name implies they don't stick to the wound. The large absorbent pad is for large, deep wounds and lacerations. If you have to use this, be sure that the bandage material and tape you apply over it are snug enough to apply the pressure needed to stop bleeding.

Everything on this list, except the surgical clamp, water bottle, and bandage scissors, I carry in a small case in my game vest. I haven't used it yet, but recently read a good tip in Field and Stream. They recommend using empty, clear plastic, peanut butter jars for storing all kinds of outdoor "kits". Because they are water-proof, sturdy, and make the contents readily visible, I think they would work well for your first aid kit.

More Extensive Field Medical Kit

For hunting trips close to home, the above items should suffice. However, for trips out of the area, a more complete medical kit might be desired. What follows is a list of the items that travel to South Dakota with my dog and I on our annual pheasant - prairie grouse hunt. Again, this is not meant to be the final word on canine medical kits and it may be more or less complete then you desire, but hopefully, it will help you in developing a system to meet your own needs. If you are only interested in basic first-aid, skip the following section and resume reading at the common injuries section.

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