I am a veterinarian and I also carry the Fido Pro Airlift. It gives you solid way toe vac a dog from backcountry with a solid support. It is not easy, but can be used to carry dog while you also carry pack. Awkward, but possible. I have 55 pound Border Collie and have practiced with it. Glad you teach canine first aid...most people hiking with dogs are not prepared.
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