Tips & Advice Archive

COVID-19 Update: Curbside Service Policy, Effective Tuesday 3/17/20

Dear Clients and Friends, Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected all of our lives. As the owner of Animal Medical Center of Chicago, the safety of my clients, pets, and staff is always at the forefront of my mind.  In March 2015, my staff did an amazing job treating over 120 dogs infected with

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COVID-19 Update: An Important Message to Our Clients and Friends

Dear AMCOC Clients and Friends, We are now just entering the early phase of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Chicago. I know this may be a frightening time for many, but it is also a time that we come together as a community to help those most vulnerable to the virus — our

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How Often Should I Take my Cat to the Veterinarian?

Your cat’s age and overall health will help determine the answer to this question but we’ve listed some general guidelines below to follow. Kittens (birth – 1 year) Kittens should be seen by their veterinarian once every 3-4 weeks for the first 16 weeks of life. At these visits, your kitten will get a series of

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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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Marijuana and Your Pet: Not a Good Time

Does Your Dog Get High On Marijuana? Not long ago one of my clients and her 17-year-old son came to see me with their almost one hundred pound Labrador retriever, whom I will fictitiously name “Chewy.” This big overgrown teddy bear was acutely ill. He stumbled into the examination room with dilated eyes and a

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