Backcountry Aid and Rescue Kits (BARK) were developed with a vision to provide the basic first aid essentials and know-how during emergency situations involving dogs in backcountry wilderness. BARK aims to educate owners in the value of preparing for emergencies in remote areas – and to provide the appropriate medical attention when veterinary care may be delayed or not possible. BARK provides the essential first aid supplies to triage and correctly respond to injuries, as well as educates the user in basic animal anatomy, safe handling and restraint, effective wound care and appropriate emergency triage.
BARK ensures that all owners consider their animal’s health and wellbeing as a valuable priority, rather than an afterthought. This proactive approach will not only bring awareness to the unique needs of dogs, but also provide the necessary first aid tools to recognize early signs of suffering and to effectively treat minor injuries when veterinary medical assistance is delayed or not possible.
Our principle is to act as guardians for the health, safety and wellbeing of the dogs we share the outdoors with.
BARK is committed to ensuring all dog owners recognize the collective responsibility in caring for our four-legged companions. Responsible pet ownership is a journey, and the commitment that comes with proactive pet ownership takes time, training and effort.
Heat stroke/hyperthermia, insect bite anaphylaxis, automotive accidents (hit by car), drowning or near drowning, foxtail grass impalements, porcupine quills, burned paw pads (pavement, rocks, hot sand), mushroom toxicity, snake bites, spider bites, external parasites, fish hook injuries.
Fermented fruit intoxication, dietary indiscretion of compost or fermenting yard waste, seasonal food toxicity (Halloween chocolate), entrapment in hunting snares, hunting injuries, conflict with wildlife, rodenticide poisoning, cold-related illnesses.
Hypothermia, antifreeze or rock salt toxicity, ski-edge laceration, frostbite, seasonal holiday food toxicity, cold weather may worsen conditions like arthritis, ice accumulation between toes and pads causing cracking or lacerations of pads, strains/tears from slipping on ice.
Common time of year for seasonal forestry employees to start working in the bush with their dogs. Stick impalements and other penetrating injuries, dog fights, ticks and tick bite paralysis, wildlife conflict, porcupine and skunk incidents.
Seasonal Risks for Pets
Year-Round – overuse injuries, altitude sickness or fatigue, automotive accidents, drowning or near drowning, foot pad injuries, dehydration, abscesses and infections, cuts and bleeding wounds, airway obstruction, diarrhea and vomiting, electrocution, eye and ear injuries, hyper/hypothermia, poisoning, seizures, torn nails, lick sores and hot spots, tail injuries, tooth damage, bladder or urinary tract infections, dietary indiscretion, gastrointestinal upset, foreign body obstruction, stomach torsion and bloat, barbed wire laceration, environmental/dietary/seasonal allergies.
We recognize and acknowledge the many forms dog ownership may take. Pet dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs and other working dogs are being included in workplaces more frequently and their presence may introduce additional hazards and concerns in the work environment. Despite such risks, dogs are becoming more commonplace within workplaces. Any workplace that considers itself dog-friendly should incorporate dog-specific first aid kits and first aid training in consideration for the health and safety of both employees and dogs. There is significant value in adding dog first aid into these standard operating practices.