Tibetan-terrier tourniquets? Heimlich maneuver on your Himalayan? We usually don't plan much for first aid for our animals, but a little forethought on your part can be the difference between life and death if your cat or dog finds itself in a medical emergency.
While first aid is no substitute for veterinary care, certified animal first-aid and CPR instructor Robyn Elman shares this statistic: An estimated 25 percent more pets would survive a health emergency if only one first-aid technique had been used on the way to the vet.
Here are some tips:
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