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In early 2014 we learned of Animal Medical Center of Chicago's very own Dr. Tim England's New Year's resolution to make a donation to a different charity, every day for an entire year. So inspired by this amazing idea, we decided that we wanted to do this too with a simple twist. In 2014, we donated to a worthy charity each week. We tried to make it a mix of both animal and human causes. We posted the organization and a little bit about them right here, on our Animal Medical Center website blog called The Giving Gift.

Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats: Six Benefits

6/2/16

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements purchased by pet owners for their pets.

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Animal Medical Center of Chicago collected almost 14,000 pounds of pet food to donate to the Friendship Pet Food Pantry

Pet Food Drive: Tremendous Success!

3/20/16

News

Your incredible donations helped Animal Medical Center of Chicago raise the most pet food totaling 6880.05 pounds...

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Adopting A Dog: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

3/15/16

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Seven questions to ask yourself before purchasing a dog

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Surrogate Mom Saves 6 Orphaned Puppies

1/21/16

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Sometimes in our darkest moments a light suddenly appears. On a very hectic Saturday morning at AMC, a recently rescued pregnant pit bull came to see me...

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Canine Influenza: New H3N2 Vaccine for Dogs

12/10/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Last spring, thousands of dogs in the Chicagoland area were innocently exposed to a newly arrived Canine Influenza Virus from South Korea, called H3N2. A new vaccine has emerged.

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Winter Holiday Hazard from the ASPCA Poison Control Center

12/1/15

Articles

Spills and leaks of antifreeze pose problems for our curious pets, who like to investigate and taste interesting materials.

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Dog Friendly Areas of Chicago Frequently Asked Questions

12/1/15

Articles

We answer many common questions we have received over the years in regards to Chicago's many "dog friendly areas".

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Listerine and Pets: Not Veterinarian Recommended

11/17/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Dr. Solomon debunks a popularized myth to give pets listerine to "restore luster to [a] dog's once-thinning coat".

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10 Lessons Learned from the Chicago Canine Influenza Outbreak

9/2/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Establishing a relationship with your verterinarian is important. Don't choose a veterinarian based on cost alone. Don't share dishes.

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Dog Flu: Canine Influenza

9/1/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

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.

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What You Should Know About Feline Upper Airway Infections

8/31/15

Articles

Sneezing? Coughing? Your Kitty May Need More Than Chicken Soup!

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Pet Travel Safety Tips

8/31/15

News

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.

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AMC's Pet Food Drive: 5,170 Pounds of Food Donated!

8/31/15

Events

Please help join Animal Medical Center of Chicago and their friendly challenge partner, Integrative Pet Care, to raise food for these hungry pets.

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How to Help Your Child When the Family Pet Dies

8/31/15

Articles

Facing the death of a family pet can be one of the most traumatic events in a child's young life. Understand that your child may feel a variety of emotions-from emptiness and sadness to guilt and anger at friends whose pets are still alive. Your children may worry that the animal's death is their fault, and may wonder what happens to animals after they die. Some kids may even worry that other children and classmates will ridicule them for loving their pet so much.

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What You Should Know About Feline Senior Wellness

8/31/15

Articles

With many cats routinely living well into their teens or even twenties, many owners and veterinarians wonder, when is a cat truly a senior citizen?

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Toothbrushing and Dental Prophylaxis in Cats and Dogs

8/31/15

Articles

Toothbrushing and Dental Prophylaxis in Cats and Dogs

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Antifreeze Warning

8/31/15

Articles

Spills and leaks of antifreeze pose problems for our curious pets, who like to investigate and taste interesting materials.

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10 Tips to Being a Better Pet Health Caregiver

8/30/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

This past June, my 82 year-old father was diagnosed with a small cancerous tumor in his lung. Within two weeks of diagnosis, my father had thoracic surgery.

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Old Pets Die Soon and Other Aging Myths

8/20/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Today I saw a longtime client with his 16-year-old border collie, named "Coffee", who I had not seen in over eight months. Coffee needed assistance to walk into my office, appeared agitated and painful, and was thin.

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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Announces Release of New Mobile App

3/24/15

News

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.

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Brewing Beer at Home: Risk of Hops Toxicity in Pets

2/17/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

If you or friends are brewing beer at home, please share with them the risk of hops toxicity in their pet.

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The Giving Gift Week 52 Donation: Friendship Pet Food Pantry

2/16/15

The Giving Gift

Week Fifty-Two Donation: Friendship Pet Food Pantry

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The Giving Gift Week 51 Donation: Slow Food Chicago

2/9/15

The Giving Gift

Week Fifty-One Donation: Slow Food Chicago

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Don't Underestimate Distemper: Vaccinate Your Dog Now!

2/9/15

Dr. Solomon's Blog

There is no cure once your pet is infected with the CDV, so vaccinate now!

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The Giving Gift Week 50 Donation: The Puppy Mill Project

2/2/15

The Giving Gift

Week Fifty Donation: The Puppy Mill Project

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The Giving Gift Week 49 Donation: Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation

1/26/15

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Nine Donation: Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation

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The Giving Gift Week 48 Donation: Purple Purse

1/19/15

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Eight Donation: Purple Purse

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The Giving Gift Week 47 Donation: Cycle for Survival

1/12/15

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Seven Donation: Cycle for Survival

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The Giving Gift Week 46 Donation: Chicago Public Library Foundation

1/5/15

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Six Donation: Chicago Public Library Foundation

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The Giving Gift Week 45 Donation: Polished Pebbles

12/29/14

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Five Donation: Polished Pebbles

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The Giving Gift Week 44 Donation: Best Friends Animal Society

12/22/14

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Four Donation: Best Friends Animal Society

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The Giving Gift Week 43 Donation: Bundle of Joy

12/15/14

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Three Donation: Bundle of Joy

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The Giving Gift Week 42 Donation: Howard Brown Health Center

12/8/14

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-Two Donation: Howard Brown Health Center

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The Giving Gift Week 41 Donation: M.O.P.S. Pug Rescue

12/1/14

The Giving Gift

Week Forty-One Donation: MOPS Pug Rescue

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The Giving Gift Week 40 Donation: The Animal Welfare League

11/24/14

The Giving Gift

Week Forty Donation: The Animal Welfare League

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The Giving Gift Week 39 Donation: National Runaway Safeline

11/17/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Nine Donation: National Runaway Safeline

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The Giving Gift Week 38 Donation: New Leash on Life

11/10/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Eight Donation: New Leash on Life

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Safely Living With Pets - Don't Let Pets Lick Your Face and Other Tips

11/4/14

Dr. Solomon's Blog

In 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that 56 percent of all United States households own a pet. There are over 69...

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The Giving Gift Week 37 Donation: Open Books

11/3/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Seven Donation: Open Books

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The Giving Gift Week 36 Donation: Friends of Animal Care and Control

10/27/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Six Donation: Friends of Animal Care and Control

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The Giving Gift Week 35 Donation: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

10/20/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Five Donation: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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The Giving Gift Week 34 Donation: The Greater Chicago Food Depository

10/13/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Four Donation: The Greater Chicago Food Depository

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The Giving Gift Week 33 Donation: Plant Chicago

10/6/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Three Donation: Plant Chicago

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The Giving Gift Week 32 Donation: HOW

9/29/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-Two Donation: HOW

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The Giving Gift Week 31 Donation: Free Geek Chicago

9/22/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty-One Donation: Free Geek Chicago

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The Giving Gift Week 30 Donation: Chicago Cat Rescue

9/15/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirty Donation: Chicago Cat Rescue

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The Giving Gift Week 29 Donation: Chicago Canine Rescue

9/8/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twenty-Nine Donation: Chicago Canine Rescue

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The Giving Gift Week 28 Donation: Felines and Canines

9/1/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twenty-Eight Donation: Felines & Canines

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The Giving Gift Week 27 Donation: Red Door Animal Shelter

8/25/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twenty-Seven Donation: Red Door Animal Shelter

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Week 26 Donation - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

8/18/14

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Week Twenty-Six Donation: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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The Giving Gift Week 25 Donation: Lakeview Pantry

8/11/14

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Week Twenty-Five Donation: Lakeview Pantry

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The Giving Gift Week 24 Donation: WITS

8/4/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twenty-Four Donation: WITS

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The Giving Gift Week 23 Donation: World Vets

7/28/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twenty-Three Donation: World Vets

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The Giving Gift Week 22 Donation: The Honeycomb Project

7/21/14

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Week Twenty-Two Donation: The Honeycomb Project

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The Giving Gift Week 21 Donation: Project Onward

7/14/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twenty-One Donation: Project Onward

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The Giving Gift Week 20 Donation: LUNGevity Foundation

7/7/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twenty Donation: LUNGevity Foundation

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The Giving Gift Week 19 Donation: PAWS Chicago

6/30/14

The Giving Gift

Week Nineteen Donation: PAWS Chicago

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The Giving Gift Week 18 Donation: Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness

6/23/14

The Giving Gift

Week Eighteen Donation: Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness

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The Giving Gift Week 17 Donation: ASPCA

6/16/14

The Giving Gift

Week Seventeen Donation: ASPCA

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The Giving Gift Week 16 Donation: SPARK

6/9/14

The Giving Gift

Week Sixteen Donation: SPARK

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The Giving Gift Week 15 Donation: The Anti-Cruelty Society

6/2/14

The Giving Gift

Week Fifteen Donation: The Anti-Cruelty Society

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Grain-Free Pet Food Trend a Hoax?

6/2/14

Dr. Solomon's Blog

My thoughts on the grain-free pet food trend.

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Week 14 Donation - American Cancer Society's DetermiNation Team

5/26/14

The Giving Gift

Week Fourteen Donation: American Cancer Society's DetermiNation Team

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The Giving Gift Week 13 Donation: War Dogs Making It Home

5/19/14

The Giving Gift

Week Thirteen Donation: War Dogs Making It Home

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The Giving Gift Week 12 Donation: Tree House Humane Society

5/12/14

The Giving Gift

Week Twelve Donation: Tree House Humane Society

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Marijuana and Your Pet: Not a Good Time

5/10/14

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect your dog or cat may have ingested marijuana.

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The Giving Gift Week 11 Donation: Stewart Silverman's Ride

5/5/14

The Giving Gift

Week Eleven Donation: Stewart Silverman's Ride

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The Giving Gift Week 10 Donation: Community Pet Coalition

4/28/14

The Giving Gift

Week Ten Donation: Community Pet Coalition

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The Giving Gift Week 9 Donation: Back on My Feet Chicago

4/21/14

The Giving Gift

Week Nine Donation: Back on My Feet Chicago

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Dancing With the Devil: A Puppy Mill Retailer

4/16/14

Dr. Solomon's Blog

For those who wish to purchase a pet, please consult with your veterinarian for the name of a responsible breeder, shelter organization or rescue group.

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The Giving Gift Week 8 Donation: RTW Veteran Center

4/14/14

The Giving Gift

Week Eight Donation: RTW Veteran Center

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The Giving Gift Week 7 Donation: Safe Humane Chicago

4/7/14

The Giving Gift

Week Seven Donation: Safe Humane Chicago

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The Giving Gift Week 6 Donation: Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

3/31/14

The Giving Gift

Week Six Donation: Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

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The Giving Gift Week Five Donation: Kids In Danger

3/24/14

The Giving Gift

Week Five Donation: Kids In Danger (KID)

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Don't Share Your Medication

3/20/14

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Prescribed medication should only be taken by the patient whose name is on the label as directed by his/her doctor.

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The Giving Gift Week Four Donation: The Night Ministry

3/17/14

The Giving Gift

Week Four Donation: The Night Ministry

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The Giving Gift Week Three Donation: One Tail at a Time

3/10/14

The Giving Gift

Week Three Donation: One Tail at a Time

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The Giving Gift Week Two Donation: Rain Dog Rescue

3/3/14

The Giving Gift

Week Two Donation: Rain Dog Rescue

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The Giving Gift Week One Donation: Alive Rescue

2/24/14

The Giving Gift

Week One Donation: Alive Rescue

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Seven Dental Myths for Pets

2/20/14

Dr. Solomon's Blog

I thought it would be fun to recognize February Pet Dental Health Month with seven of my favorite dental myths.

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The Internet Diagnosis

1/24/14

Dr. Solomon's Blog

I will be honest. I have searched online resources not just once, but many times to better understand what ails my husband, my children, and me. I cannot...

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AMC voted runner-up "Best Veterinarian" for the 2nd year in a row!

12/31/13

News

We were voted Runner-Up Best Veterinarian in the Chicago Reader's 2013 Best of Chicago poll.

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True Confessions of a Veterinarian

11/26/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Your veterinarian and I want to practice the best medicine and surgery possible for your pets.

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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome: Dementia in Pets

11/11/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Please contact your veterinarian if your pet is showing any clinical signs of CDS.

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Invisible Dental Disease in Pets

10/21/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Dental disease can be painful and can lead to more serious health problems, like kidney, heart and liver disease. Be proactive with your pet's dental health.

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Struck by a Bat: My Son's Rabies Scare

9/3/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Just over three weeks ago my son, Jacob, was riding his bicycle in River Forest, Illinois when a bat struck his head. When he arrived home, my husband immediately

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Your Pet's Urine

8/2/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

It is my goal to educate you about your pet's urine so that you understand your pet's urinalysis results.

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Relief for Itchy Pets

6/4/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

We all scratch our head or rub our eyes once in a while and think nothing more about it. Most dogs and cats will occasionally lick their feet or rub their...

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Flea and Tick Control: Your Decision

5/6/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Choosing the right flea and tick products for your pet has become daunting given the choices available.

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The Socially Responsible Pet

3/29/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

I believe that everyone has the capacity to have a positive impact in their community. It may be as simple as offering a meal to someone who is hungry, teaching someone...

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The Secretive Pet

3/11/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

In a recent focus group study presented at the January 2013 North American Veterinary Conference, veterinarians were asked if they found it challenging...

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Don't Give a Dog a Bone

2/11/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Wouldn't it be nice if the answer to solving dental problems were simply chewing on something hard? But it is not!

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The Scoop on Your Pet's Poop

1/14/13

Dr. Solomon's Blog

The appearance of your pet's stool provides a dramatic amount of information about its overall health.

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Rat Bait on Chicago Streets

12/14/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

After practicing over 26 years, one would have thought that I've seen almost everything. A few days ago, however, I saw a case that taught me something new...

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Diabetes in Pets

11/28/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

If your pet is drinking more, urinating more, eating but losing weight, a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus may be the reason for your pet's ill health.

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Listerine and Pets: Not Veterinarian Recommended

11/17/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Here are my thoughts about a Q/A piece written by columnists Joe and Teresa Graedon who endorse the use of Listerine on animals.

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Don't Let Strangers Feed Your Pet

10/29/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Please do not let your dog drink out of communal water bowls that you often see in front of coffee stores, restaurants and pet stores.

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Is Anesthesia Safe for Your Pet?

10/17/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Anesthesia is definitely safe in the right hands and with the proper precautions.

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Caring for an Arthritic Dog or Cat

9/27/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Here are some of my suggestions for potential therapy options for your aching pet to discuss with your veterinarian.

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Eliminate Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

9/22/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Pets with ear infections are uncomfortable and your veterinarian can help relieve his/her pain immediately.

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Selecting a Veterinarian

9/12/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

I'd like to share with you my top characteristics for selecting the right veterinarian.

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Raw Confusion in the Pet Food Industry

8/23/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Once again I'm frustrated by the confusing terminology found on pet food labels. I frequently find pet food labels covered with meaningless...

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Indoor Cats Are Not Disease-Free

8/2/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Just like in humans, cats can get sick for a number of reasons. Infectious diseases are dramatically reduced if you keep your pet inside but not eliminated completely.

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Pet Obesity Is OUR Decision

7/23/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Obesity in our pets is a disease but it IS OUR decision.

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Get Ready for the Dog Days

7/6/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Don't push your pets too hard in the summer!

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Knowing When It's the Right Time to Say Goodbye to Your Pet

6/21/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Pet ownership has numerous responsibilities. You need to feed, play and medically care for them, and finally know when it's the time to say goodbye.

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Age Is Not a Disease

6/11/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Your pet's senior days can be just as enjoyable as his/her younger days. Take active care of yourself and your pet, and enjoy the remaining days together.

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Demystifying the Cat Diet

5/29/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

I recommend feeding an animal-based protein rich canned food to your beloved cat for maximum longevity and good health.

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Dentistry by the Non-Professional

5/16/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Would you ever allow your hair stylist to clean your teeth? Then why would you ever allow your groomer to clean your pet's teeth?

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The Dogs in Our Lives

5/3/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

One of my clients sent this passage to me following the death of his dog and I'd like to share it with you.

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Pet Food Labels

4/28/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

It is clear to me that food labeling on pet's food can be confusing and potentially misleading.

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Pet Food Labels 101

4/25/12

Dr. Solomon's Blog

Do you know what you're feeding your pet? Do you make the best nutritional and value-based decision when choosing your pet food? Do you choose you...

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Canine Leptospirosis Update

5/1/10

Articles

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is carried by common wildlife and rodents, especially raccoons and opossums.

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Canine Influenza

7/15/08

Articles

Canine Influenza was first identified in racing Greyhounds in Florida 2004. Genetic analysis of this virus shows that Canine Influenza is...

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