There are some inherent risks when participating in any sport. Injuries happen and, in canicross, they can happen to you or your dog. Knowing what to bring and how to use it (and actually bringing it) can give you extra time to get you or your dog in front of a medical professional.
I love training for canicross on hiking trails. Trails make us both stronger runners and better athletes while also providing beautiful views that a road just can't provide. Unfortunately, however, running remote trails sometimes puts us miles from our vehicle and an hour or more drive from the closest emergency vet.
For all these reasons, I always bring a first aid kit for me and a separate first aid kit for my dog. Each is tailored to the individual and our sport. There is a ton of information on first aid kits for people and even for runners, specifically. What I want to provide you with here is what to bring to save your dog's life, if you should ever need to.
In most cases I live by the motto:
"It's better to have and not need, than to need and not have."
This is especially true when it comes to the health and safety of my family (dogs included).
So, what do you pack in a dog specific, canicross specific, first aid kit?
Here is my list:
It is important to know when and how to use everything in your first aid kit. Take a class, read a book, do whatever you need to be able to use these items to save your dog's life, should the need arise.
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