Hunting dogs are exposed during hunting in the field with many threats to their safety and health. Hunting dog’s injuries can be small and negligible and can also be very dangerous for your dog.
Injuries to hunting dogs in hunting can be divided into:
– Shooting a dog by a hunter
– Trapping injury
– Wildlife injury
– The dog injured itself while walking through nature
Trapping Hunting Dog Injury
There are situations in which hunting dogs, when chasing the game in a hunting area, “fall into” a game trap that they set up for illegal hunting of “unknown persons” and sadly suffer tragically in severe torment.
This is a very unethical act by unknown persons because it causes eight dogs and other animals to suffer and die in agony.
It is very important that you have high-test robes with a metal hook.
This tool is required when a hunting dog has fallen into a conibear trap. These traps have spring steel wires that close and open.
Opening and positioning them in a hunting position requires great strength.
The rope will serve to compress the springs and thus activate the safety device and thus release the dog from this deadly trapping.
It is very important that you educate yourself before embarking on the activity of releasing a hunting dog from this type of trap. You have materials available on youtube.
Injury to a hunting dog from a wild animal
Most hunting dogs are killed during winter hunting on hunting grounds where there are wolves hunting dogs become prey (food) for wolves.
Injuries can also occur from other predators in the hunting environment, depending on the territory and continent you are hunting.
Hunting of wild pigs in winter when the period of the mating of wild pigs. Wild boar (older specimens) is especially dangerous for young and less cautious hunting dogs.
First-aiders should be treated immediately if injuries occur depending on which area they occur.
In hunting areas, it is often the case that the wild boar inflicts severe damage on the dog’s hounds, from which the dog’s hound dies within a short period of time.
Injury of a hunting dog by a hunter
To shoot a hunting dog while hunting, when a dog searches the terrain is like shooting a hunter while hunting.
In this situation, first aid to the dog itself should be given immediately if needed, regardless of whether the hunting dog is shot, shot, or missed, with lasting consequences for the dog, especially if the hunting dog is young.
In these cases, it is highly likely that he/she will be scared later when shooting, which is a huge problem during the hunt.
Unfortunately, during the hunt, tragic events happen where hunters are killed. When hunting dogs are killed, there is usually talk of an accident.
It is required when visibility is reduced during hunting (fog, snow, rain) that hunting dogs wear a tagged vest or collar.
But even so, there is no excuse for shooting a wild boar hunt on a hunting dog that is just searching the hunting ground.
Hunting dog first aid kit
The contents and size of the hunting backpack (bag) we will not discuss depends on the needs and capabilities of the hunter and everyone needs to find their optimal size.
We witness that injuries to hunters and hunting dogs (serious and less serious) resulting from hunting weapons are also, unfortunately, occurring during hunting, and these can also be injuries from injuring wild animals.
Injuries to hunting dogs also occur when moving across hunting grounds, and uncultivated lands are usually good habitats for the game, but injuries to hunters and hunting dogs occur more frequently in these parts.
First Aid Injury To A Hunting Dog Contains:
– stretchy gauze
– thick absorbent gauze pads
– Conflux wrap that is sticky and serves to better lay on the wound
– small scissors for cutting the bandage
– Neosporin, an antibiotic lotion
With this first aid kit, a hunter can greatly assist a hunting dog if, for example, a barbed wire injury has occurred.
The hunter can quickly patch the dog, thus preventing blood loss and saving the dog’s life. If the injury is of a deep type, the dog hunter must immediately be taken to a veterinarian.
We recommend that one hunter carry a first aid kit in his hunting backpack during the hunting day (if you do not have special first aid for this purpose you can use it from your car).
This way, you will be able to injure a hunter or hunting dog to provide adequate first aid in the hunting area.
Successful hunting is safe and secure hunting.
Injuries to the dog when moving through the hunting area
Dogs like us can experience muscle stretching, a wrist fracture or tear of the ligaments, and even break a bone in the leg.
The soft tissues we are talking about are muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Most of these injuries are caused by falls, bumps, scratches from barbed vegetation.
Whether they are caused by an accident or a game or fun, they range from mild to extremely difficult and complicated.
When limping occurs, it is a sign that the dog is in pain and that he should seek help as soon as possible.
Mild stretches or sprains will often heal spontaneously in a few days.
However, if you are not a veterinarian, do not treat your dog on your own if you notice that he is not resting on his leg for more than two days.
In the first place, you cannot tell if it is a bone fracture or an injury to the soft structures. Cracks and fractures require an X-ray and then a completely different approach to repairing the injury.
Even if it is a soft tissue injury, it needs to be properly evaluated and evaluated by a doctor in order to apply the best treatment method.
The main symptoms of injury are swelling and pain.
Many dogs have a so-called high pain threshold and will not complain about long and show the discomfort they feel.
Generally, dogs rarely complain of pain because it is a sign of weakness that should not be shown. In such situations, it is difficult to assess the severity of the injury without a quality examination.
How To Treat An Injured Hunting Dog
Injuries can manifest with minor bruising or severe swelling that also occurs in severe injuries such as ligament ruptures.
In the case of serious injuries, surgery may sometimes be necessary.
In general, soft tissue injuries are difficult to diagnose. The X-ray machine is completely useless in such cases.
It is used in bone injuries because X-rays cannot register and change soft tissues. Only a trained veterinarian can evaluate the type and extent of the injury based on the swelling, pain, and range of motion that the dog has around the injury.
Depending on the injury and temperament, these examinations may sometimes need to be done with anesthesia.
The most important thing is for the dog to be idle.
The importance of inactivity the dog for healing
Although it may seem simple, it is not easy to implement.
To dogs, first of all, we cannot explain that they have to lie down, keep calm and rest, use the injured limb to a limited extent, and wait for the injury to be repaired.
Likewise, as soon as they cease to feel intense pain, they begin to act as before the incident. And the pain goes away relatively quickly thanks to the pain medication prescribed by the vet.
A day or two after analgesic therapy, dogs begin to reject inactivity as part of treatment.
Inactivity can be provided by restricting movement in a small space in a smaller space.
If necessary, you can keep a dog with this type of injury in a dog transport box.
Get your dog to handle physiological needs on a short leash and with very little movement.
Do not condone the use of stairs, moving on slippery surfaces, and of course, any jumping, running and playing with other dogs or animals in the home and environment.
If you cannot carry the dog over the stairs due to the heavyweight, make a makeshift ramp to move it around.
It is very important that the treatment is completely completed before the dog returns to normal activities.
If the injury is not completely repaired, the condition can worsen and repeat, and this means the whole process from scratch.
Sometimes, for repeated injuries, it takes longer to recover than when it first happened.
In soft tissue injuries, physiotherapy is particularly useful.
Physical massages, the use of a laser, infrared lamps, and hydrotherapy will speed up the recovery process.
Unfortunately hunting as a sporting activity can sometimes lead to unwanted situations that can be uncomfortable for hunting dogs. The hunter must keep this in mind and be prepared for situations like this.
Above all, he must be responsible for hunting, be careful of other hunters and their dogs, and only then can he turn his attention to the prey he hunts.
The hunter must be prepared to assist his dog if he is injured by assessing the extent of the injury, repairing the injury if it is of minor intensity, and responding properly if the dog is seriously injured and will only save him if taken to a vet.
There is a risk of injury to hunting dogs, but if we know how to treat them and cooperate with the veterinarians who treat them, our injured dogs will quickly get back on their feet and resume their hunting activities.