Preventive Care Archive

What You Should Know About Feline Upper Airway Infections

Sneezing? Coughing? Your Kitty May Need More Than Chicken Soup! Cats, especially kittens, often get upper airway (respiratory) infections. If your cat shows any signs of respiratory illness, such as sneezing, wheezing, ‘gummy’ eyes or a runny nose, make an appointment to have him or her evaluated right away. Depending on their cause, upper airway

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10 Lessons Learned from the Chicago Canine Influenza Outbreak

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

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Selecting a Veterinarian

For the last six months I’ve been searching for the perfect part-time veterinarian to join my current three doctor veterinary practice at Animal Medical Center of Chicago. During this time period, I’ve read over 50 resumes, personally interviewed over a dozen, and it was only yesterday that I found the right veterinarian to join my

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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. Avoid Holiday Food Items That Could Cause Problems For Your Pet Alcoholic beverages Chocolate (baker’s, semi-sweet, milk chocolate) Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans) Moldy or spoiled foods Onions, onion powder Fatty foods Salt Yeast dough Plants Lilies that

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Get Ready for the Dog Days

I went for a walk with my Golden Retriever today, and he could barely walk around the block in this Chicago 90 degree weather. This made me wonder, how many dogs have suffered from hyperthermia or heat exhaustion today, given the almost 100 degree temperatures? Here are my top 10 interesting facts or suggestions regarding

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Canine Influenza: New H3N2 Vaccine for Dogs

Last spring, thousands of dogs in the Chicagoland area were innocently exposed to a newly arrived Canine Influenza Virus from South Korea, called H3N2. Daycare and boarding facilities were voluntarily closed for weeks to minimize viral spread. Dog owners avoided taking their pets to dog parks and grooming parlors. Many ill dogs presented to their

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Together We Can Eliminate Rabies

Together We Can Eliminate Rabies: Vaccinate your dog with Nobivac 3-year Rabies vaccine at Animal Medical Center of Chicago and we will donate a rabies vaccine to a pet in need. Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can affect dogs and cats, wild animals, and humans. It is transmitted by the bite or scratch

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Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats: Six Benefits

Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements purchased by pet owners for their pets. It has many health benefits but only if it’s the right formulation, produced by a reputable company, and administered at the correct dose. What is fish oil? The two main ingredients in fish oil are eicosapentoaenoic (EPA) and

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10 Tips to Being a Better Pet Health Caregiver

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. I wish I could say that everything went well, but it did not. I thought we chose the right surgeon, the right hospital and the best postsurgical care

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Don’t Underestimate Distemper: Vaccinate Your Dog Now!

The recent outbreak of measles in United States highlights the importance of vaccinations and prevention of diseases in this new global world. In veterinary medicine, we are extraordinarily fortunate to have a number of safe and effective vaccines to aid in the prevention of many life-threatening viral and bacterial diseases. One viral disease I would

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