>Field Wound Management


This past weekend I was out on the prairie in pursuit of birds with my bird dogs. We had 3 dogs get similar wounds from colliding with barbed-wire…the photos below are a representation of all 3 wounds…these are common field injuries that you’re likely to encounter while chasing your bird dogs. I’ve had several people contact me in regards to these types of wounds. Below is how I addressed these wounds (none of the 3 dogs were sedated prior to wound management).

Obviously, when in doubt…seek professional veterinary care. Also, if your bird dog is profusely bleeding…APPLY DIRECT PRESSURE TO THE WOUND with a towel or shirt while in route to the nearest veterinarian.

Wound prior to management
The edges of the wound were trimmed away to get fresh/clean margins and to allow blood and serum to cleanse the wound. The wound was cleaned with baby wipes from Costco and flushed with dilute Betadine Iodine solution in water
The wound margins were apposed with surgical staples. We still hunted this bird dog because there is very little motion on this area of the body. Staples are great on skin lacerations that DO NOT go into the subcutaneous tissues or muscle layers below. Wounds that cut into deeper layers need different levels or layers of suture to close up what’s called “dead space” to prevent pocketing or build up of fluid (seroma formation)

Below are some photos from the field….

Setter Feathers…

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale Hernden says:

    >Are staple kits available to non-professionals. I'd like to carry one in my first aid kit.

  2. >this is cool. I wonder though if it would be easy to explain exactly how to use the staple gun? Is is as simple as just gathering the skin together and then stapling it together?

  3. >Gary…It is as simple as stapling the skin margins together! Dale…Sent ya an email.

  4. >Thanks for this one, Shawn. I'll look for one of those here to keep in m' kit. How long before the staples should be removed? Sadie's gotten her share of nicks & scratches, too.

  5. >I hate barbed wire worse than left-wing Dem's. There, I said it and I'm glad. Grin.

  6. >You have a great blog with wonderful pictures, we always look forward to the next.Billy, Susan

  7. Randy says:

    >I have used the staple gun to good advantage several times- thanks for the update and tips!

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