First aid can save your pet’s life in an emergency. If your pet stops breathing, is choking, or suffers an injury, first aid can reduce pain and suffering. However, your actions should not be a substitute for getting veterinary care.
When it comes to urgent and emergent dental care, we have three primary goals 1) Managing Pain 2) Preventing, Treating, or Controlling Infection, and 3) Stabilizing any trauma until it can be surgically managed by a primary care veterinarian or boarded veterinary dental specialist. There are some surgical issues that can be dealt with entirely at the ER, but more commonly they require additional or more in depth care.