Dr. Donna Solomon Archive

True Confessions of a Veterinarian

In my mind, I debated whether I wanted to publicly address the November 22, 2013 ABC 20/20 broadcast segment on “True Confessions of a Veterinarian.” At first, I did not want to give this segment any more public attention. I silently wrote to ABC about my dismay at the producer’s lack of fact checking skills

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Struck by a Bat: My Son’s Rabies Scare

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 checked his head for any wounds, but did not see any. I was still at work when I heard about this and initially dismissed it as

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The Internet Diagnosis

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 tell you how many times I have mistakenly frightened myself with inaccurate internet diagnoses of brain tumors, multiple sclerosis and other maladies. I know almost every one

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Stress-Free Dog Walk

Do you walk down the street and say “hello” to every stranger, introduce yourself and then, engage in playful banter? Recently, I’ve seen an uptick in clients expressing concern that their pet cowers or growls when a stranger reaches down to pet it. Obviously, these behaviors are not desired nor warranted. But, I wonder if

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Heart Disease in Cats: A Silent Killer

Last week, a client brought her senior cat to have a pre-anesthetic blood test drawn by one of my certified veterinary technicians for a future dental procedure. Unexpectedly, this client also brought her recently adopted handsome young cat, named Apollo, for a nail trim. Since Apollo was a new patient to our clinic, my technician

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

In today’s technologically advanced society, it is shocking to discover that hunger still exists in America. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 23 percent of people in Chicago live at or below the poverty level in 2013. (1) These impoverished people have extreme difficulties paying for utilities, food, rent and clothing. Sometimes they are forced to

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Invisible Dental Disease in Pets

Sometimes photographs tell a better story than words. Sometimes, together they tell the best story. One month ago, I examined an adorable six-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund named Daphne. She was happy and showing no signs of ill health. Here is a photograph of Daphne on the day of her examination. My physical examination revealed Daphne

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Happy Holidays

The doctors and staff of Animal Medical Center of Chicago would like to wish everyone and their pets a Happy Pawlidays!

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Pet Insurance

Pet insurance may help relieve a pet owner’s immediate financial burden of medical or surgical care for his/her dog or cat. Before selecting a pet insurance provider, you should consider the following: Coverage – What procedures and services are covered and excluded? Does it include “well visits” or just “sick visits”. Customer service – Will

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