No matter how watchful you are, your hunting dog may suffer any number of injuries when afield. Fortunately you can treat many of them yourself, saving you and your dog a lot of misery-not to mention veterinary bills. Here's how to field-treat six common problems. **Grass Seeds **
Also known as grass awns, these can be found nearly everywhere, especially early in the season. Check your dog's nose, ears, and eyes hourly, including under the lower eyelids, and remove seeds with fingers or tweezers and by washing the eyes with a sterile saline solution. If the dog paws at its face, shakes its head, or sneezes constantly, or if one of its ears droops, an awn may be lodged out of reach in the ear canal, nostril, or under the nictitating membrane of the eye, where it can cause an ulcer. This isn't a crisis, but get the dog to a vet.