Dr. Donna Solomon Archive

Animal Medical Center of Chicago is excited to offer Companion Therapeutic Laser Therapy!

Laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment to help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and speed wound healing in our pets.  For some patients, this treatment modality may be used alone or in conjunction with traditional anti-inflammatory and pain medications. For those on medications, it may reduce their dependence on them. A positive

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Caring for your healthy cat

Raising a healthy and happy cat can be both challenging and fun. We hope you find this information helpful!   1. Enrich your cat’s environment and mind. Enriching your cat’s environment can decrease their mental stagnation, increase physical activity and prevent many behavior problems caused by boredom. An enriched environment will give cats the opportunity

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Don’t Give a Dog a Bone

Frequently, while shopping for my dog’s food, I often overhear shopkeepers tell pet owners that dogs in the wild eat bones and therefore, it is not only necessary but also essential to give them to our pets. I cringe every time I hear this false myth. So below is my grand attempt at trying to

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Grain-Free Pet Food Trend a Hoax?

written by Donna Solomon, DVM Today I started thinking about the grain-free pet food trend that is currently in vogue. First, I wondered how this craze evolved. I know it definitely did not originate in the professional veterinary community. I speculate that this movement was triggered in part by a pet food company’s advertising campaign

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Brewing Beer at Home: Risk of Hops Toxicity in Pets

At my dinner table, my family frequently asks me about my workday. Most days I share crazy or funny stories about my patients. Regrettably, on a few days, I share tragic stories. This case that I am about to share with you is one of those tragic stories that every pet owner dreads to hear.

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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. There are basically three kinds of antifreeze available: Methanol

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Community Involvement

At Animal Medical Center of Chicago, we believe that we have a social responsibility to have a positive impact in our community. Every year, the entire staff gives back to the community by donating several free surgeries to local non-for-profit animal shelters and rescue organizations in the annual “Have-A-Heart” project. These 100% free surgeries have

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Dancing With the Devil: A Puppy Mill Retailer

  Some Pet Stores Don’t Tell You Their Puppies Are From Puppy Mills Many years ago a new client came to see me with his ill pet. I examined and successfully treated his dog. This new client, whom I later learned was the owner of a popular Chicago pet store, was so impressed with my

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