About EmerAid LLC

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Our focus is critical care and recovery nutrition for animals. The best ingredients combined with cutting edge science allow your sick patient the best chance of life. EmerAid is Life-Saving Nutrition.

The word EmerAid means Emergency Aid.

Dr. Ted LafeberEmerAid LLC is a strong family business owned by Dr. Ted Lafeber. Being a veterinarian, his deep concern for the lives of animals motivates him to create state-of-the-art emergency foods. He works with a team of top veterinary professionals, nutritionists, and rehabilitators.

EmerAid is made in the countryside of Illinois, USA, on Dr. Lafeber’s great grandfather’s farm. EmerAid is carefully prepared with equipment specifically designed for making small batches of very high-quality, critical-care and recovery foods.

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EmerAid, LLC
24981 N 1400 East Road
Cornell, IL

Where to buy EmerAid Products


EmerAid began back in 1985 when Dr. Lafeber Sr. created EmerAid I & EmerAid II to help save sick birds. These nutritional formulations were highly successful.

In 2004, Susan Orosz, PHD, DVM Dipl ABVP (Avian), Dipl ECZM (Avian) requested the development of a semi-elemental, critical-care diet for pet birds. She strongly believed a properly formulated semi-elemental diet would allow many more critically ill birds to be saved. She was correct. EmerAid Omnivore has helped veterinary professionals save countless pet psittacines, passerines, chickens, and omnivores such as squirrels.

With the success of EmerAid Omnivore, the veterinary community asked for semi-elemental, critical-care diets for carnivores and herbivores. EmerAid Carnivore and EmerAid Herbivore were released in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and both have been very successful.

The EmerAid System for Exotic Animal Critical Care involves mixing all three EmerAid diets in various combinations for different species.  This allows an appropriate critical-care diet to be mixed for most species.

Animals that have benefited from the EmerAid Critical Care System include:

Companion Animals
All Psittacines: Macaws, Cockatoos, Amazons, A. Greys, Conures, Parakeets (Budgies, Indian Ring Necks, Quakers, etc.), Pionus, Parrotlets, Finches, Canary, Doves, Cockatiels, Senegals, Red Bellied Parrots, Jenday Parrots
Soft Bills:Toucans (Aracari), passerines, chickens
Mammals:Rabbits, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, degus, guinea pigs, hedge hogs, sugar gliders, squirrels, ferrets, Prairie dogs, kangaroo
Reptiles:Bearded Dragons, Water Dragons, Frilled Dragons, Savannah Monitors, Blue Tongued skinks, other species of skinks, Anoles, Iguanas, Tegus, Chameleons (Jacksons, Panther, Veiled, Senegal), Agamas, Emerald Swifts, Geckos (crested, day, house, tokay, leopard), Collard Lizards
Snakes:Pythons, Constrictors, Boas, Garter Snakes, Corn Snakes, King Snakes, Milk Snakes
Amphibians:Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, Newts
Wild Animals
Mammals:California sea lions, raccoons, rabbits, bats, opossums, squirrels, beavers, skunks
Seabirds:pelicans, gulls, herons, egrets, murres, coots, terns, penguins, albatross, sea ducks such as surf scoters
Raptors:hawks such as red-tailed, red shouldered, coopers, sharp-shinned. Eagles, bald and golden. Ospreys Falcons such as American kestrel, peregrine. Owls: Great horned, eastern and western screech owls, barn owls.
Songbirds:corvids such as ravens, crows, scrub jays, magpies. Pigeons (rock doves), doves (Eurasian collared, mourning). Starling, mockingbird, blackbirds, Cardinals, Robins, Blue Jays, Blue Birds, Humming Birds, Pigeons, Doves, Sparrows, Finches, Grackles
Reptiles:turtles, tortoises, sea turtles
Waterfowl:Geese, swans, ducks such as mallards, wood ducks

In 2010, the Gulf oil spill highlighted that an improved EmerAid was needed for seabirds. With the help of Dr. Becky Duerr, DVM, PhD, EmerAid Piscivore  was tested and first sold in 2011. It is now part of the International Bird Rescue’s feeding protocol for severely debilitated seabirds. It has been so successful with seabirds that now veterinarians and rehabilitators use it to help save debilitated seals.

Members of veterinary community asked if our EmerAid Critical Care System could be used for canines and felines. Technically, these products could be used, but because they were not designed for the specific nutritional needs of felines and canines, they were not recommended.

After four years of research, in January 2015 our EmerAid Critical Care HDN and EmerAid Sustain HDN Recovery were introduced at the North American Veterinary Conference. Years of demand by veterinary professionals drove the creation of separate feline and canine emergency foods.

Emeraid is Life-Saving Nutrition — now for felines and canines.

For Felines:
EmerAid Intensive Care HDN Feline
EmerAid Sustain HDN Recovery Feline

For Canine:
EmerAid Intensive Care HDN Canine
EmerAid Sustain HDN Recovery Canine