Emergency Support for Pet Owners

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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:

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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