Your Desert Adventure Begins…

 

 

By: Stephen A. Grossman  |  Field Advisor, K9 Field Kits

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Imagine this… You know just how exciting it is to take your K9 companion with you hiking in the dessert. You’ve taken that beautiful yellow Lab on countless hikes and adventures. You laugh as he wags his whole body when you tell him he can jump up in the SUV and spend time adventuring with you.

You set up your gear carefully, item by item, knowing that lack of preparation in that dessert heat can potentially mean putting your life (or your buddy’s) in danger. You unzip your backpack and begin carefully filling it with the proper survival equipment. Since the humidity levels in Nevada can drop as low as 5%, you and he have to prepare for the risks of dehydration. You fill your backpack-style hydration pack and your best friend’s doggie canteen and his water supply.

You’ve previously spent your time researching and searching for the top of the line safety equipment available to you. You’re not willing to compromise by buying low quality Chinese products. Not when your life is on the line! Knowing your dog’s life is every bit as important to you as your own, you were not willing to compromise on his safety gear either. But everywhere you’ve looked you’ve found inferior first aid kits that are not much more that band aids and aspirin. Now what? Wait a minute. Didn’t one of your hiking buddies tell you about an emergency kit his brother, who’s a member of his county’s K9 Search and Rescue team carries with him on every mission? You decide to give him a call.

He tells you it is sold by a company called K9 Field Kits. You Google it and when you click on the site you find not only a field kit, but several varieties of kits, all designed to meet specific needs. Many of the kits can even include a patented ultra light-weight, foldable pet stretcher! They also include a canine electrolyte paste that you place on your dog’s tongue for emergency administration when your dog is too far from medical care, yet suffers from dehydration. You carry Gatorade for yourself, but for your dog? Further examination of the contents of this kit shows a huge number of items that fit into such a small, light-weight field case that are far more useful and advanced than anything you’ve seen. Time to order.

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While perusing the website, you notice a tab that says “Adventure Gear“. Interesting – what could that be? You see the hands-free belt system to carry everything your dog needs on his adventure. Scrolling down a little further, you see a water filtration system that only weighs 3 oz.! Perfect for you and your dog. And of course, you want to be prepared in case your dog encounters a dreaded rattlesnake. Guess what, they have a snakebite kit, too! Now you are ready!

Always prepared, you know that you are not taking another trip into the dessert without making sure that goofy yellow monster that eats you out of house and home is as safe as you are!

What To Do if Your Dog Encounters a Porcupine

By: Jason M. Grossman | President, K9 Field Kits, Inc.

Porcupines are slow, mostly nocturnal rodents found throughout the United States. They wander through forests, fields and meadows. The 30,000 sharp quills that protect their skin can make a dog’s life a living hell. If your dogs are anything like mine, their curiosity usually overwhelms them and they just refuse to learn to avoid the quill monster!

Pulling out porcupine is extremely painful and risky and is best performed by a veterinarian under anesthesia. Quills oftem break off easily and “tenting” of the skin while pulling out quills may bury nearby quills, making them almost impossible to remove. Do not attempt to remove any quills in their eyes – leave that to a veterinarian (or even better, a veterinary opthamologist.

If you cannot transport your dog to a veterinarian quickly, you can follow these steps to remove quills.

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right-click to download | ©2013 K9 Field Kits

Step 1: Keep your dog as calm as possible. Porcupine quills are extremely painful and their barbed tips can easily slide inward, potentially damaging internal organs or making them harder to remove. Keeping them calm will help keep the quills from moving and sliding inward.

We recommend using a muzzle to help prevent your dog from fear-biting you. Since much of your dog’s face is likely to be covered in quills, we recommend using our Quick-Catch Leash as a makeshift muzzle. It is narrow enough to fit over the nose without hitting the quills, and has the tensile strength to hold the mouth securely closed.

Step 2: Using a pair of scissors, trim the quills to about 1″ height. The quills are hollow and will come out easier this way.

Step 3: Using a veterinary hemostat (found in our field kits), or a pair of need-nose pliers, grasp the quill near the base and pull the quill straight out. Do not bend or twist the quills.

Photo courtesy of WikiHow

Photo courtesy of WikiHow

Step 4: Treat wound area with an antibiotic ointment or spray (such as EMT gel or Vetericyn, found in our field kits).

Step 5: Transport the dog to the nearest veterinary clinic as soon as possible.

Please remember, if the quills are near or in the eyes or other sensitive areas, do not attempt to remove them yourself. Gently cover the affected area and transport to a veterinarian immediately.

For more life-saving tips, please visit our website: www.k9fieldkits.com/safety-tips/

Did You Know? Topic: Police Dogs

by: Jason M. Grossman | President, K9 Field Kits

Here at K9 Talk (and K9 Field Kits), we are huge fans of working dogs, including my personal favorite working dog – the mighty police dog. Having grown up living next door to an amazing police dog (a black GSD named Igor), I learned to love and respect these amazing dogs and the jobs they so fearlessly and tirelessly perform. Along the way, I’ve picked up a few really interesting tidbits about the police dog, so I thought I’d share some fun facts about these amazing dogs and the dangerous job(s) they do.

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  • Dogs can differentiate between identical twins (something even their parents have trouble doing on occasion!)
  • German Shepherds can actually search an area four times faster than a human being can – and with a much higher accuracy and a nose for detail
  • Police dogs can be trained to perform an amazing variety of jobs, including tracking, narcotics detection, explosives detection, cadaver detection, and public enforcement
  • Their sense of smell is more than 50 times greater than that of a human’s
  • Police dogs help keep billions of dollars of drugs off of our streets (yes – billions)
  • A police dog’s average career last between 6-8 years and then they are usually retired to (happily) live with their handler
  • A police dog can use two different types of alerts – a passive alert or an active alert – depending on the job(s) they’ve been trained for and the situation at hand
  • A big part of a police dog’s job is community relations and working with children – next time you see a police dog, ask his handler for a K9 trading card!
  • German Shepherds are the most common police dog in the world with the Belgian Malinois coming in a very popular second in recent years
  • Greeks, Persians, Babylonians, and Assyrians were the first to use dogs as police dogs
  • “Beware of Dog” signs have been found throughout history, dating at least back to the Roman Empire
  • Their reputation precedes them – many suspects who might otherwise run just give up at the sight of a police dog
Police Dog in training, circa 1919

Police Dog in training, circa 1919

If you know any more interesting Police Dog / K9 Unit facts, hit us up in the comments below.

Canine Adventures Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

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Adventuring is a mandate for us here at K9 Field Kits, Inc. (www.k9fieldkits.com). To further achieve that goal, we are proudly partnering with adventure dog gear producer Waglet Works to bring you the ultimate hands-free product line-up – the K9 Adventure System. Whether setting out for the great outdoors or just a jaunt around the block, The K9 Adventure System is your hassle-free, hands-free system for safe, convenient, fun outings for you and your dog! Hiking, biking, kayaking, camping – now you can explore the world with your best friend at your side!

The K9 Adventure System‘s revolutionary belt-based system and a full lineup of extraordinary accessories, including a toy tote, personals pac, poo bag transport, wipes and more, fulfill every need you and your dog could have while ‘on the go’. With this simple system, you can bring as much or as little as you like, depending on the length and scope of your outing. And the best part? No more fumbling, juggling, toting or hauling! Each item can be securely clipped on or fastened to the belt for a care-free, hands-free dog walking adventure!

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The K9 Adventure System is fully compatible with all of the K9 Field Kits gear, including our field kits, quick-catch leashes, Gator Lock and EFS stretchers. This system is not just for adventures – in the next few months, we will also be introducing a wide array of exciting new adventure accessories for the K9 Adventure System, as well as a new series (based on the System Belt) for veterinarians, groomers, animal control officers, SAR (search and rescue) units and zoo keepers, allowing professionals to be hands-free and have easy access to all of their tools.

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Click here to check it out!

Paper Shredder = K9 Office Hazard

In today’s business environment, many pet owners bring their dogs to work and many small business owners work from home. Many of us don’t think of our work area as a potential hazard, but from a dog’s view of the world, it can easily be. Take the paper shredder – one of the most common items you’ll likely find in any office environment. Paper shredders are typically located low to the ground (just about the perfect height for the average dog’s head. If you are like most people, you leave the settings on your paper shredder set to auto-feed. What happens when your dogs tongue (or wagging tail) gets too close to a shredder set on auto-feed… bad news.

[Safety Note: Keep your shredder unplugged when not in use and keep the power turned to "Off".]

If your dogs tongue should happen to be cut by the shredder’s blades, know what to do by following these simple steps. IMPORTANT: staying calm will help keep your dog from panicking and going into shock or injuring themselves even worse.

 

 

 

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Step 1: Keep the dog as calm as possible to help prevent further injury or shock. DO NOT tilt the head back to stop the bleeding, as the dog may choke on the blood.

Step 2: Give the dog some ice cubes or chips to chew. This can help stop the bleeding.

Step 3: Apply a cold compress with pressure until the bleeding fully stops.

Step 4: Transport the animal to a veterinarian as soon as possible. During transport, keep an eye out for the signs as shock (i.e., pale gums, glazed eyes, etc.). If these symptoms appear, stop the transport immediately and treat for shock before resuming transport (click here for a guide to treating canine shock symptoms).

For more life-saving tips, please visit our website: www.k9fieldkits.com/safety-tips.

“Protect Your Partner” limited edition print now available

Art collectors – by popular request, our “Protect your Partner” limited edition typography print now is available for purchase. Only 25 of these prints will ever be made. Features a silhouette of our German Shepherd Dog Athena (our company mascot) and a true hero in her own right.

18″ x 18″ printed on fine art canvas.

Signed and numbered by the artist.

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$99 each (+ shipping). To order this limited edition fine art print, please email us at: orders@k9fieldkits.com.

What to do if your dog is drowning

Although most dogs are excellent swimmers, drownings may still occur, due to exhaustion, panic, rip tides, flash floods, breed body structure, or other hazards. Make sure you know what to do if this occurs!

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right-click to download. ©2013 K9 Field Kits, Inc.

Step 1: Open the airway. First extend the head and neck. Place one hand on the top of the muzzle to open the dog’s mouth. Grab the end of the tongue with your other hand and pull it forward. Clear the mouth of any objects, water or vomit.

Step 2: To remove the water from your dog’s lungs, hold the dog upside down, placing your arms around his/her lower abdomen (see illustration below). Gently sway back and forth for 30 (thirty) seconds.

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illustration of the technique used in Step 2.

Step 3: Gently lay your dog on its side and check again before performing CPR (see CPR instructions here).

Step 4: Transport animal to a veterinarian immediately.

Remember to monitor pulse and respiration until the dog can be examined by a veterinarian. If you have one of our pet oxygen mask/respirator kits (available here), continue to provide oxygen during transport.

For more K9 safety tips, please visit our website: www.k9fieldkits.com/safety-tips