"Bird dogs are faced with many perils in the field, so it's very important to carry a field first aid kit and know a few basic dog first aid procedures. Another important thing is to have a veterinarian that understands field dogs and the rigors that they are challenged with in the field. Have your veterinarian help you get a good first aid kit together for this fall."
I know how handy a first aid kit can be - one of Pete Houser's setters tore her shoulder on a piece of barbed wire in Oregon a couple years ago, and Pete, Clair and I stitched her up with dental floss. Would have done much better if we had the first aid kit that Shawn recommends.