It wasn’t long after her first season on wild chukar in the hills of Washington and pheasants in the plains of South Dakota that I knew Annie, my 1-year-old English setter, would have the same passion for hunting as I did. However, sometimes Annie’s drive to hunt the next hill or push through the last cat tails can get her in trouble. She runs at 100 mph no matter where she is.
One day, 11 miles down a chukar hill Annie became exhausted and collapsed. Not being a veteran hunter or dog trainer, I had never seen this before. Needless to say, I was freaking out. I carried her back to the truck, got her to a vet, and found out she had experienced Hunting Dog Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar due to overexertion).
After that trip I did a lot of research and talked with multiple vets about what had happened. They all told me she needs more calories to maintain her blood sugar, and sustain her efforts in the field. They recommended feeding small amounts of carbohydrate-based food throughout the day to maintain her energy.
That’s when I discovered Otis Outside’s Backpack Bars. They have made feeding Annie on the road or on a long hike that much easier. Not to mention, she loves them! Now, I feed Annie an Otis bar before and during the hunt, and she has not had any more issues with going hypoglycemic. I can’t say enough about how much the bars have helped ease my mind, ensuring the health and safety of Annie, my 4-legged best friend.
Cameron is an avid outdoorsman who loves running a field, cuddling on the couch, and working with his loyal companions.