New First Aid Guide For Dog Owners Gives Practical Advice For Emergencies

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In her latest book, “Essential First Aid for Dog Owners,” Veterinarian Lorrie Boldrick shows readers how to react to common canine emergencies with a simple system for making crucial decisions that will keep their pets safe and healthy.

With rattlesnake season already well underway this year, dog owners need to be on the lookout. But the new handbook “Essential First Aid for Dog Owners,” teaches readers how to prevent and react to such emergencies and find a quick answer to the question, “Should we go to the vet or not?” in a host of other situations.

Published in February 2010, the practical guide to common pet emergencies and basic first aid uses an at-a-glance “pawprint” system to help qualify the severity of different dog ailments and injuries so the reader can tell when, and how quickly, they must see their veterinarian.

The compact book is like having a veterinarian in the First Aid kit – which the guide also describes how to prepare – and answers questions such as, “What about bee stings?" and “Just how much chocolate is too much for a St. Bernard?”

The “Know Your Dog” section is essential first reading, providing common-sense wisdom on how to avoid situations that could turn into life-threatening emergencies.

“Essential First Aid for Dog Owners” also illustrates ways to keep injured dogs and their humans safe by using proper restraint and handling techniques. A section on handy tips for giving medications rounds out the manual.

“One reader has already contacted me to say the book saved him from a trip to the emergency clinic over a weekend when his dog developed an intestinal problem because he learned it would be safe to wait and visit his regular veterinarian on Monday morning,” author Dr. Lorrie Boldrick said.

Boldrick graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and has been in practice in Southern California since 1968. An active member of the American and Southern California Veterinary Medical Associations, she has served as an on-call veterinarian for Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, the Orange County Fair, the Santa Ana Zoo, the Orange County Zoo and several other local parks, aquariums and zoos.

Fifty percent of all book sales will go to Freedom Dogs, a Southern California based non-profit organization providing specialty service dogs to wounded troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (

For more information contact Dr. Boldrick or visit the book’s companion website at

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