I recently came across a nice canine first aid book: Dr. Randy Acker's Field Guide to Dog First Aid: Emergency Care for the Outdoor Dog. This slim, easily portable guide is clear and easy to read, and gives plenty of emergency tips (other than "hurry back to the car and get your dog to the vet") on topics from bleeding and lacerations to drowning to frostbite. For example, I learned that hunting dogs will frequently get “abraded eyelids” from hunting intensively through underbrush for their quarry. (While uncomfortable for the dog, this is usually not an emergency and can be treated with an application of antibiotic ointment.) I also learned that if your dog gets frostbite, you should warm the areas with moist heat applications, and never rub the frozen tips of his ears or tail because they might break off! Good to know.
Hopefully none of this will ever be necessary for you and your dog friends. God forbid your dog ever suffer a “sucking chest wound” (p. 57). But it’s always good to be prepared, just in case. As Dr. Acker says, “with some basic training, the proper first aid supplies (link), and a little common sense, injury and illness are both preventable and treatable.”
Did she say "sucking chest wound"?!!