You, your dog, and every member of your hunting party should wear a blaze orange safety vest whenever you’re hunting. The color is bright enough that other hunters can see your party at a distance. If a bullet hits your dog or she gets caught on barbed wire, a fitted vest helps to keep her internal organs from serious harm. Since the Pet Poison Helpline receives hundreds of calls every hunting season, it also recommends the tips below.
Be sure that you bring clean bottled water and allow your dog to drink frequently. Heat stroke remains a concern, even though temperatures are lower than in the summer. If your dog seems to pant frequently, it could indicate that he’s becoming dehydrated and needs to take a break. Don’t allow your dog to drink pond water as it could contain toxic blue-green algae. A dog may have immediate weakness and seizures or even die from drinking contaminated water.
Your dog should not chew on clay pigeons due to toxic ingredients like coal tar, copper, nickel, lead, and zinc. If ingested, these substances may cause your dog to suffer brain, liver, or kidney damage. It’s also important to keep your dog away from mushrooms. It’s true that most are fine to eat, but it can be difficult to distinguish safe from unsafe mushrooms. If your dog does eat a poisonous one, she could develop tremors, severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.
We recommend taking extra time to work with your dog before hunting season so you feel confident he will come when you call him. The excitement of chasing after birds or other live animals may tempt him to dart away from you, which could cause him to get lost or injured. If you have any concerns about losing your dog in the woods, consider investing in obedience classes.