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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Announces Release of New Mobile App


The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has released its new free mobile app – APCC by ASPCA. The app focuses on dogs, cats, horses, and birds and was created as an owner-friendly pet app. The app lists over 275 toxins. The app helps owners quickly and accurately identify common household hazards, toxic and non-toxic plants, potentially harmful medications, as well as warm or cold weather hazards within the searchable database.

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Dog Flu: Canine Influenza


Approximately three weeks ago, my Chicago practice experienced a tremendous rise in the number of dogs experiencing respiratory diseases. Initially many of these dogs were energetic with deep, harsh coughs without a fever. The doctors at Animal Medical Center of Chicago tentatively diagnosed them with Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough". Viral agents, like Canine Adenovirus 2 or Canine Parainfluenza, and bacterial agents, like Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Mycoplasma, can cause Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis. All of our patients responded well to supportive therapy, which included antibiotics and cough suppressants. However, recently we have been seeing a number of dogs with more severe respiratory disease. These dogs are presenting with high fevers (103 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit), moderate to profound lethargy, nasal discharge, depressed appetites and labored respiration. These patients, we suspect, have Canine Influenza caused by the Influenza virus H3N8 strain.

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Ten Lessons I Hope Every Pet Owner Learned from the Chicago Canine Influenza Outbreak


1. Establish a relationship with your veterinarian. When your pet is ill, you want to be able to call your veterinarian and schedule an examination appointment as soon as possible. During this Chicago Canine Influenza crisis, no current Animal Medical Center of Chicago client was ever told that we would not see his/her coughing pet the same day. We saw over one hundred respiratory cases in the last 3 weeks.

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Pet Travel Safety Tips


The summer travel season is quickly approaching and many of us will bring our pets along for the ride. We wanted to remind pet owners to use safe methods of travel for the entire family, including the dogs and cats on board. Recently, one of our young canine patients fell out of a moving vehicle and instantly died. This tragic incident brought to our attention that some pet owners are unknowingly taking unnecessary risks when traveling with their pets. We hope the following car travel tips will ensure your pet's safety.

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5,170 Pounds of Pet Food Donated!!!




We want to thank everyone who donated to our Pet Food Drive Challenge. During this two week period Animal Medical Center of Chicago and Integrative Pet Care collected a combined total of 5,170 pounds of dog and cat food to donate to Friendship Pet Food Pantry. The drive was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again next year. We are so touched by the generosity of our fellow Chicagoans!

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Pet Food Drive Challenge: 3/16-3/31


WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Animal Medical Center of Chicago has challenged Integrative Pet Care to a contest for charity. From 3/16 until 3/31 we're going to see which location can collect the most pounds of pet food for Friendship Pet Food Pantry.

We need your help to win! Read the press release!



You can help by donating unopened bags or cans of dog or cat food anytime between now and 3/31/15. Donations can be dropped off at Animal Medical Center of Chicago, located at 1618 W. Diversey, during our regular business hours.

Or you may purchase pet food for donation over the phone, at a discounted rate. Call us at 773-525-3353 for details. Thank you in advance for your donation and for choosing Animal Medical Center of Chicago for your pet's health care!

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Dr. Solomon on CBS!


Our very own Dr. Solomon was interviewed on the CBS Evening News on March 10, 2015 regarding the uptick in kennel cough cases among Chicago area dogs.



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We Have a New Video


Check out the new video we took part in with our friends over at Integrative Pet Care. It documents the shared rehabilitation success story of Caesar, a 12 year old Chocolate Lab. We have worked with Integrative Pet Care for over 8 years and they have been amazing partners in providing the best animal medical care.



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Dr. Solomon's Huffington Post Blog


Our very own, Dr. Solomon, is writing a blog at The Huffington Post! We have archived them below. Be sure to check back here every week for more.

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The Giving Gift


In 2014, we will donate to a worthy charity each week. We'll try to make it a mix of both animal and human causes. We will post the organization and a little bit about them right here, on our Animal Medical Center website blog called The Giving Gift.



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Winter Holiday Hazard from the ASPCA Poison Control Center


Here are some tips for keeping your pets out of danger during the holiday season straight from the ASPCA Poison Control Center. Click here to read the full article.

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Antifreeze Warning


As the weather changes in the northern hemisphere, many people start preparing for freezing temperatures by using ‘antifreeze’ to protect their cars and plumbing in seasonal cabins. Spills and leaks of antifreeze pose problems for our curious pets, who like to investigate and taste interesting materials. Click here to read the full article.

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