Like humans, hunting dogs can get injuries. Hunting is sport for dogs, since it requires vigorous running, sprinting and retrieval, but dogs can also suffer from sports-like injuries. But it doesn\'t necessarily mean instant retirement your beloved pooch. Most of the time, healing an injury requires some ointment and a bandage, along with some time off from hunting. If your dog is injured, take the following precautionary measures.
If your dog is cut in any way, you can treat the dog onsite, but follow immediately with a visit to the vet. You never know if a small cut could lead to an infection, and the vet may be able to detect any other unseen or unnoticed injuries. Professional help is a way to be on the safe side, and you can get unbiased advice on whether or not your dog will be able to continue hunting. You can get a doggie first aid kit for, and there are a number of ointments and sprays you can get from any pet store.
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Aside from cuts, dogs could also get rashes or irritations from brushing up against bushes or poison ivy. And dogs can get poison ivy if it brushes against their skin.
If your dog is bitten or scratched by another animal, a visit to the vet is imperative. Your vet will have the tools and equipment to help prevent infection, and to test for any diseases. When it comes to major infections like rabies, it is important for your dog to be vaccinated before going on the hunt. Rabies carrying rabbits is rare, but your dog could come into contact with other wild animals, which could result in injury. Usually these bites or scratches will occur on the nose, if a dog gets too close to a wild animal. Always monitor what your dogs are doing from a distance, and keep them away from any unknown animal you\'re not trying to hunt. Superficial cuts is one thing, but there are injuries which can be more grievous.
Sprains is one of the most common problems hunting dogs will get. If you notice your dog is limping in any way, it is best to stop hunting and take them to a vet. Your vet will be able to tell whether or not it is a sprain or a broken bone. If it is a sprain, there is a chance of the dog returning to the hunt, but a broken bone is something that could permanently take your dog off the field. Let your vet know that your dog hunts often, and he or she will be able to tell if it\'s a good idea to have the animal hunt in the future.
The best thing to do is to prepare for possible injury. If your dog is unable to return to the field, you\'ll always have a good indoor companion around the home.