In the UK we are guided by a legal framework that guides how we can act around various animals. The primary legislation is the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 which exists to ensure that animals are treated by only those people suitably qualified to do so.
“In an emergency situation anyone can administer emergency first aid to an animal.”
The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 has a number of exemptions for the treatment of animals by people who are not qualified like a Vet. This section covers first aid situations for animals and states that anyone can apply first aid treatment.