I Used Quikclot on My Dog which I Carry in My Dog First Aid Kit.
by Mike Lund
(Green Valley, AZ, USA)
I was recently hiking in the Southern Arizona mountains with my dog, Mocha. We were quite a long way from the trail head and there were no other people around, so I took Mocha off his lead.
We rounded a bend in the trail and a Javelina was directly in our path and my dog went right after it. A Javelina is a type of wild boar. They are big, tough and have tusks. The Javelina and Mocha were in a fearsome melee and I waded in with my hiking stick to hit the Javelina and, after a bunch of pokes and whacks, it took off and I was able to grab Mocha.
He was cut in a couple of places and was bleeding heavily and I took my First Aid Kit
from my backpack and tried to get him bandaged, but he was bleeding too badly from one of the cuts. I carry Quikclot
gauze pads in my kit and I opened one of the packages and pressed the gauze pad into the wound. The bleeding stopped, just as it would if used on a human.Quikclot
is a type of medical gauze that is impregnated with kaolin, a substance that causes the blood to clot. It has been used by our military in Iraq and Afghanistan and it has saved many lives by preventing the wounded person from bleeding out. I bought some for my kit on the advice of a Paramedic who had used it when he was in the service. I had no idea that it would work on a dog but was relieved that it did.
I took a look at the website of the manufacturer, Z-Medica corp.
and found they sell a product called "Petclot"
, which I believe is a formulation designed for pets, but I do not know how it is different from the "Quikclot Sport"
that I carry. All I do know is that I was able to care for Mocha.
It was a relief to be able to treat him and he has fully recovered. We will be hiking together this weekend!