November Contest: First Aid!

Do you ever worry that if your pet becomes injured, you won’t know what to do to help them? I do!  That’s why for our November giveaway, we’re offering the Red Cross’s animal first aid guidebook.  Keep it with your dog supplies for  handy access in case the unthinkable happens.

In order to win the First Aid Guidebook, if you haven’t registered for Agility Fusion, take a minute to do so.  You can’t win if you aren’t registered!  Then comment below – there are two options of replies! Either share a story of when you really could have used this book, OR how you keep your dog healthy! (we do know accidents happen and this is a totally judgment-free zone.)  The winner will be selected by random number generator on or around December 1st, and notified via email and this post will be updated.

Good luck and we hope you never need your win!

How to enter this contest:

If you have never done so before, you must first register your email address on this blog. We will then notify you if you are a winner of this contest. You only need to do this once, and you will be good for all future monthly contests (and get priority notification of when they occur)!

Scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your comment/answer. Or, if there is no box, click on the “comments” in the upper right corner.

This contest is now closed – the winner is #2, Frances Leiby. Congratulations! Stay tuned for more chances to win great prizes from your favorite agility equipment manufacturer.

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51 Comments on “November Contest: First Aid!

  1. Who WOULDN’T need this book?!? Even though I have been working with dogs for the last 2 decades, much of that time in veterinary hospitals, it seems that sometimes I forget everything I know when my own dogs are in trouble! There are always those heart-pounding experiences late on a Saturday or Sunday when the vet is closed and the ER clinic is over an hour away that you need to know what you can do AT HOME to make sure your dog is ok or at least feels better. This resource is so valuable for any pet loving home.

  2. Expect the unexpected. They’re dogs. A first aid kit for your pet in the car belongs right next to your first aid kit.

  3. I would really like to win this first aid book. In the meantime I will order one for myself, then donate the prize to our local dog club to keep at our field. A lot of stuff is common sense, but some times things happen that just are totally unpredictable. Now that we added a BC to our family, I know we have to be more alert to problem situations and how to treat what we didn’t prevent.

  4. A Doggie/Canine First Aid Kit would be GREAT!
    I already have a People First Aid Kit in my car along with blanket, and Car Kit with road sign for HELP, Jumper Cables, etc. The Dog/Animal First Aid Guidebook would really be a wonderful addition and COMPLETE my EMERGENCY KITS that never leave the trunk regardless of how much Dog Equipment I try to stuff, load and carry in the trunk of my car. I would then have People/Pet/Car Emergency Kits! Thank you!

  5. That’s really great. Most of the people care for themselves, they hardly cares for their pets. Having a first aid kit for pets is really a very nice move. Possibility of having any injury or accident is also very common in animals as that of humans. So,proper treatment must be given to them as well.

  6. we have 5 boxers they are very spoiled of course a first aid kit would come greatly appriciated when we travel

  7. What a great prize! A first aid guide would be a perfect addition to our travel bag. You can’t always use human remedies on our fur babies and it would be nice to know what to do in an emergency.

  8. A doggie first aid kit is somehting I have thought about getting but have not gotten around too yet. And as my Border Collie mix just cut her nose while rooting around the wood pile for some mice, I think now would be a good time to finally get one.

  9. My Aussie has gotten into different foods and unknown things have made him very ill. He ate a whole bunch of wrapped chocolate – wrappers and all. I’m so glad he made it through that one – he has a stomach of steel it seems – but what of next time?

    We also compete in the sport of dog agility. He got hung up on a weave pole las trial, and I’m always afraid he’s going to come off the contacts and land wrong. Sure we have an emergency vet lined up close to the trial, but it’d be helpful to know what to do before you get them there.

  10. A doggy first aide kit would be awesome, do need to put one together, thanks for the reminder! Mainly needed in our travels, since he goes almost everywhere with me.

  11. Having a first aid kit would be very beneficial to me; as I am about to become a live in manager of a boarding kennel and doggie day play. I am super excited about this opportunity! While I was working at my last job at a doggie daycare I realized that sometimes accidents happen when you have a pack of dogs playing, anything from minor scrapes, play bites, or as major as a dog fight causing injury. So it is always good to be prepared for the worse! I also have my own very high energy boxer who is always needing to be watched carefully. She has held true to the boxer problem of having lots of skin issues as a puppy, thankfully we have a good vet and good group of knowledgeable friends that have given me remedies to help her. I have been very busy trying to get more resources together to be prepared for my new career, winning this first aid kit would be a wonderful addition!!

  12. I keep my dog healthy by knowing my dog (knowing what’s normal for her and what’s not), by being a good healthcare partner with my dogs veterinarian, and not just going to the vet for emergencies only. I live 1.5 hrs from the vet so it’s important that I know how to handle an emergency, but also knowing what consists of an emergency and what is not, and lastly how to prevent emergencies as best I can. But she IS a dog after all, so things happen 😉

  13. My BC was on an outrun (on 5.5 acres) through woods and ledge on a search for a few missing sheep, and though the errant sheep came back she did not – I immediately started searching for her using a second dog, and found her struggling to return with a huge 8″ gash the length of her abdomen. The wound was dirty and full of bits of twigs and debris. I performed emergency first aid and bound her up using items out of the first aid kit I keep for the horses/sheep and headed for the vet. After emergency surgery to close her abdomen and untold numbers of stitches inside and out, and some long-term R&R,she pulled through just fine and is back to being my main working dog. I would love a first aid guide to go along with my own emergency kit. Thank you.

  14. This first aid kit would benifit my dogs tremendously! Having two American Cocker Spaniels, there is always something going on with their health! Knowing that I have something like this for my dogs would give me peace of mind because instead of scrambling for anything that I may have on hand I just have to go to this kit and find the right product to benefit them!

  15. This book would have gave me some peace of mind a couple of months ago when my dog cut her paw pad pretty deep on some metal laying in the grass. To help release some energy the night before an upcoming agility trial I let my dog go play with our neighbors dog. Little did I know that there was stray metal laying in the grass and my dog’s paw was bleeding everywhere with a deep cut in the main pad. After being pulled from the trial, stitched and glued numerous times I still feel that if I would have known exactly how to handle the situation it wouldn’t have been so stressful for her. I would love to feel more confident with first aid techniques if they should arise.

  16. I could have used this book to put in the pet first aid kits I made for each of my (adult)children. It would have saved a lot of phone calls to their veterinarian mom with questions about minor problems. Actually I like getting phone calls from them but they would have been less stressed if they had the book to learn how to better care for their pets when “things happen”.

  17. Great idea! In an emergency, it sure would be nice to have the right information at our fingertips. Who knows what would escape my memory in an instant if something stressful were happening with my dog. But the ability to read…..don’t think I’ll lose that. I could easily check exactly what to do.

  18. I would love to have a professionally prepared first aid kit for pets to us at demonstrations. My husband and I are both ham radio operators. We frequently give disaster planning seminars. The kit would be very useful to be able to show others what they should have in their go-bags.

  19. In addition to a well balanced diet of grain free foods and treats, my husband and I both took a Doggie First Aid class. We learned CPR and first aid for cuts, sprains and possible broken bones before you can get to vet. We carry a American Red Cross first aid kit for both our dogs and for humans in our car trunk. We also have one in the house.

    Toothcare is so important and can add years to your dog’s life. Yes, we brush every night and give them Vita Dent veggie treats.

    They are under the special care of a carefully chosen vet, not the least expensive, but he promises the vaccines and medications are purchased from the very best available vendors. He is also willing to really talk to us about our dog’s health and gives us choices for treatment.

    They get lots of exercise and are involved with most of the dog sports available starting with Obedience. Also Rally Obedience, Agility, Tracking and Canine Freestyle and Trick Dog. They have classes and/or practices every week in addition to the on going training at home.

    Our dogs are our children with 4 paws. Our son is grown and he takes care of his dog the same as we do. Our dogs live in the house with us (with a doggie door)and sleep in our bed. If we were not willing to do this for our three dogs, we would have never adopted them. They are special gifts from God. We only have them for a very short time, so we intend to make the most of it to show our thanks.

  20. I take my dog to get a check up every 6 months – give him a flu shot as well as the Bordatella (I take him everywhere with me!) I have gotten his teeth cleaned and I make his dogfood. He’s my BEST FRIEND!

  21. I sure could have used doggy first aid info when my little Malteepoo was bitten by a cyote. He had swelling around the sights and the only thing I could think of was to take a drawing salve that I used myself and applied it to the wounds. The big one burst and then I put Neosporin on the areas. I got him to the Vet who said that was a good effort. There was nothing more to do except make sure all his shots were up to date.
    I was lucky that time but it sure would have been better if I knew what to do in an emergency.

  22. My Doberman competes in agility and absolutely loves it! In such a physical sport it’s good to be prepared for injury just in case.

  23. I made up my own 1st aid kit and carry it any time we travel. A couple of years ago, my “always into something” Bichon, Mattie, raided a friends purse and ate gum containing Xylitol. I immediately gave her hydrogen peroxide from the kit, to induce vomiting and rushed her to the vet. He said if I hadn’t been able to induce the vomiting immediately, she probably wouldn’t have made it. Needless to say, no one is allowed in my house now with anything “sugarless”!! 🙂

  24. While pheasant hunting in S.D., Dusty ran into a barred wire fence in pursuit of a bird. When I got to her, she had blood on the side of her face and eye. I was frantic with fear that she had injured her eye. Upon closer examination, we discovered that she had cut the end of her ear and by shaking her head, Dusty had gotten the blood on her face and in her eye. Much relieved that Dusty’s eye was OK, we still had to address the Problem of the bleeding ear. I always carried a dog first aid kit with me in the field and this was one time I was glad I had it.

  25. My fur kid is also my Service Dog and she loves running agility but I must make sure she stays well.

  26. I have 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgis that always seem to be getting into something. A first aid kit comes in handy for those little scrapes.

  27. Any time I travel with my Boxer, I carry the homemade first aid kit that I have made for her. She is a Boxer and is into everything:) I would love the guide that would definitely help me.

  28. An animal first aid guide would be very nice to have! I feed my dogs a healthy diet, give them lots of exercise and mind games but don’t have a doggy first aid kit-that is definitely something I need to assemble.

  29. One of my 2 border collies is stick obsessed and despite my efforts to stop the behavior, others always want to throw him sticks. Once he got a gash to the chest that required antibiotics, and another time he got an enormous gash in his side that required surgery & antibiotics which may have been stick related – either it was in his mouth and he ran into something so it bent back or he was running in the woods and was cut (I was at work when both happened). 1st aid kits would be useful. Also, for great detailed health info go to The Modern Dog website – a blogger who is a vet wrote a series on assessing your dog’s health, system by system, and its worth printing out for future reference.

  30. We live in Southern MO where we have a lot of hilly, rocky ground. I always try to run the dogs in our pastures as they are much more grassy and we try to keep the rocks out. 🙂 However, one day we were playing fetch and Ruger came back with a bloody paw print. I checked his paw and found a pretty nasty gash (most likely from a sharp rock). I thankfully keep a small first aid kit on the 4wheeler and got him cleaned and bandaged.I also have worked as a Vet Tech for a number of years, so I knew how to handle this. It healed quite nicely and we were back to playing fetch within about 10 days. I think having this book in my first aid kit would be wonderful!! 🙂

  31. First aid is very important to know BEFORE your dog needs it. This is a good reminder to check where your pet emergency hospital is and the phone number(s) for injuries that happen outside of typical office hours.

  32. I take my dogs annually for their veterinary check-up. They get monthly heartgard and frontline plus. They get to sleep in the house overnight in nice cushy dog beds. I have a big kennel with four separate stalls each with a dog house filled with cedar shavings in a large fenced in back yard for when they are outside during the day. When I hike with them they are often kept on leash, especially if it is near a road.
    They are fed high quality all natural dog food and get daily joint tablets and vitamins. They also get a nightly treat to help with tooth care and I do brush teeth, but not nearly as often as I ought to!

  33. I’ve reviewed many youtube videos on how to do emergency procedures when your dog is injured. I also read a lot of dog magazine articles on what to do with different situations that might impair your dog’s health, and know the location of the emergency vet near me.

  34. I keep my furkids healthy by feeding a home made raw diet, keeping them a healthy weight and brushing their teeth nightly.

  35. One thing I try to do around the house, yard, and dog pen is get down on the dogs’ level and look for possible sources of injury. I’m not paranoid, but I figured if I see something that could possibly cause injury, I can take care of it right then and there, and hopefully won’t have to regret not doing something about it before an injury happens.
    For example – are there any pieces of wire sticking out from the fencing that could catch a dog’s foot? Are there any trimmed shrub branches at dog eye level that could accidentally poke a “snooping” dog in the eye?

  36. While pheasant hunting in S.D., Dusty ran into a barred wire fence in pursuit of a bird. When I got to her, she had blood on her right cheek and eye. I was sick with panic thinking she would loose an eye from the accident. While checking her out we realized that it was a cut on the ear causing all the blood and shaking her head was causing the blood to get on her face and eye. What a relief but still had to deal with badly bleeding cut. A small first aid kit that I carried with me sure came in handy.

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  38. I have three Labs and a cat. None of them have needed first aid (at least first aid that I didn’t know how to handle). I carry a animal first aid kit with me and I needed it when my dogs and I were hiking in one of the Metro Parks.

    An itty bitty dog stepped on a pricker and it was stuck pretty far in between his pads. I had disinfectant that I sprayed on his paw and a sweezer to pull out the pricker. I put antibotic salve on his paw and wrapped it in one of those stretchy clothes that was put on my arm after a blood donation.

    The dog’s mom could carry him so he didn’t have to walk on his paw. He was such a sweetie. He gave me a kiss on the nose when it was all over.

  39. I have just started to create a first aid kid for my two sheepdogs based on the recommendations from a first aid class for pets that I have taken. This would help me to complete it and keep them safe.

  40. I have miniature wirehaired dachshunds (and yes, they compete in agility!). When we are on the road, I never leave the house without my first aid/medication box. Plus, a copy of my vet manual. Because we all know, anything can happen at any time!

    Plus, I like to have it on hand in case my friends need it, too.

    It would be nice to have a copy of The First Aid Guide to add to our kit.