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Calling All California Dog-Lovers: A Letter To My Dog Book Signing!

Book Signing
Calling all California Dog Lovers…“A Letter To My Dog” co-authors Lisa Erspamer and Kimi Culp will be signing books at the Marina del Ray Costco this Saturday, June 1st from 1-3pm. Two of our amazing columnists will also join Lisa and Kimi at the book signing. Celebrity veterinarian and TV expert Karen “Doc” Halligan and dog trainer to the stars, Brian Lee, will be on hand to answer questions from pet lovers. Come and join the fun!
Saturday June 1st, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Costco #479 – Culver City

Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen “Doc” Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She was a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media during the pet-food recall crisis and provided veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Doc Halligan is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media. She has appeared regularly on television on the Hallmark’s Who Let The Dogs Out, Doctors, Katie, Bonnie Hunt Show, Regis and Kelly, the Today Show, the Mike and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911 and Extra TV.  On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas’s Cutest Pets.


With 27 years of experience as a dog trainer and behaviorist, Brian Lee has worked with over 10,000 dogs.  His methods go beyond basic obedience training and focus more on behavior modification.  His unique and positive approach transforms dogs into balanced, well-mannered members of society.  From puppy mischief to dangerous aggression, Brian is frequently the last stop for dog owners.

Although his specialty is “the family dog,” he has worked with search and rescue, guide, agility and therapy dogs as well.  Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, the California Rescue Dog Association and the FBI have used his program.  He has appeared on Animal Planet, NBC and CBS, handling dogs both on and off camera.  Celebrity clients include Janet Jackson, Reese Witherspoon, James Caan and Liza Minnelli.

Dog Bone Danger


Dogs and bones seem like a natural combination, but they’re not, warns Karen “Doc” Halligan, DVM.

Doc Halligan, a sought-after pet health expert, wants to educate pet owners about the potential, life-threatening dangers of feeding dogs bones.

Bones Can Harm Your Dog

Dogs can spend hours chewing on a bone in a happy bliss and contentment, but there have been many emergency trips to the veterinarian because a dog has choked on a bone, or bone fragments have become lodged in an intestine.

“All veterinary experts agree,” says Halligan, “that there are potential hazards to feeding bones to dogs: broken teeth, fragments lodged in the mouth, intestinal obstruction and even perforation — which can lead to painful abdominal infection.”

This can result in hospitalization with major surgery that can be very expensive. In the worst cases, warns Halligan, it can even be fatal.

“Although dogs love bones, it’s not worth the risk to your pet’s life to give him something that is possibly unsafe.”

Bones Have Hidden Dangers

Natural bones, whether raw or cooked, can present potential health hazards.

Cooking bones in an oven hardens and dries the bone matrix, allowing the bone to splinter while chewing it into sharp pieces that can injure a dog’s intestinal tract. But even raw or uncooked bones can be dangerous as well.

“Raw meat and bones can harbor bacteria such as salmonella and e coli,” explains Halligan, “which can be transmitted to humans, causing vomiting, diarrhea and even organ failure.”

Is There a Safe Bone for Dogs?

Dogs that are used to eating bones can have problems under certain circumstances, says Halligan. “Bones that are described as ‘safe’ can injure an individual animal and there is no way to predict whether your dog will have a problem.”

According to Halligan, there’s not one bone out there that is completely safe in any given circumstance. She recommends pet owners talk with their veterinarians about finding a safer way to feed their dogs a balanced diet, protect their teeth and keep them happy and healthy.

“Although dogs love bones,” insists Halligan, “it’s not worth the risk to your pet’s life to give him something that is possibly unsafe.”