In an emergency, first aid should always be followed by veterinary consultation and/or care.
Leading resources for pet owners on dealing with animal emergencies include the American Animal Hospital Association’s Pet First Aid guide, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Veterinary Medicine article Basic First Aid for Your Pet, and the American Red Cross guide on Pet and Disaster Safety — plus their Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist.
In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association provides an extensive set of emergency resources for pet owners, including:
- 13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care
- 7 things you should know in case of an emergency with your pet
- First Aid Tips for Pet Owners
An most importantly, as the AVMA says in their first aid tips (linked above):
Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.
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