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Donna Solomon, DVM
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Dr. Donna Solomon is a 1986 graduate of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. In May 1990, Dr. Solomon founded Animal Medical Center of Chicago located at 1618 W. Diversey, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Solomon practices small animal medicine and surgery at Animal Medical Center of Chicago.

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10 Tips to Being a Better Pet Health Caregiver

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:13 PM

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...

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Grain-Free Pet Food Trend a Hoax?

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:55 PM

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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Marijuana and Your Pet: Not a Good Time

(5) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:33 PM

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 profuse amount...

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Dancing With the Devil: A Puppy Mill Retailer

(23) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 2:49 PM

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 skills he asked me if I would help...

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Don't Share Your Medication

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Meet "Daisy" -- an animated and sweet 15-year-old female West Highland White Terrier, owned by Susan. Despite her notorious appetite for small rocks and discarded spoiled food on the streets of Chicago, Daisy has been a remarkably healthy dog. In the past, I have prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, called...

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Seven Dental Myths for Pets

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 9:54 AM

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

Myth 1: When it comes to dental health, dry food is definitely better than canned food for your pet.

For cats, this statement is false. In general, dry...

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The Internet Diagnosis

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:16 PM

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....

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True Confessions of a Veterinarian

(11) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:45 AM

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...

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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome: Dementia in Pets

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Meet "Harry": a spunky 12-year-old male cat that overtly looks like he is in good health and my physical examination confirms this. He has minimal dental tarter, in good body condition, abdomen palpates normally, no heart murmur heard and no orthopedic pain elicited when I flexed his joints. His blood...

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Invisible Dental Disease in Pets

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 9:05 AM

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....

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Struck by a Bat: My Son's Rabies Scare

(5) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:26 PM

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...

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

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Sometimes when something is so familiar to me, I incorrectly assume it is familiar to others. In particular, when I talk to my clients about their pet's urinalysis results sometimes I fail to comprehend that they are not in the medical field and have no idea what I'm talking about....

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Relief for Itchy Pets

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:10 AM

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 face against the carpet and it too, means absolutely nothing. There are some pets, however, that are consumed by...

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Flea and Tick Control: Your Decision

(14) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 6:18 PM

Over the past 10 years there has been an explosion of newly released flea and tick products for dogs and cats. Choosing the right product for your pet has become daunting given the choices available. Additionally, advertisers and their makers make it more confusing to the pet owners by flaunting...

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The Socially Responsible Pet

(11) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 4:43 PM

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 a new skill, or solving a problem that has perplexed society. I believe that your pet can be socially...

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The Secretive Pet

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 2:15 PM

In a recent focus group study presented at the January 2013 North American Veterinary Conference, veterinarians were asked if they found it challenging to diagnose medical conditions in dogs and cats. Fifty-seven percent of the veterinarians found it challenging to diagnose conditions in cats and 34 percent challenging in dogs....

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Don't Give a Dog a Bone

(10) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:22 PM

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...

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The Scoop on Your Pet's Poop

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 2:00 PM

A couple of years ago, I was watching the Oprah Winfrey Show and I saw an episode where the health expert, Dr. Mehmet Oz, was talking about "poop." I noticed when the cameras panned the audience that they appeared rather excited and at the same time bashful to listen to...

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Rat Bait on Chicago Streets

(3) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 3:04 PM

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 and reconfirmed the importance of a thorough physical examination.

Toby, a very lovable 2-year-old standard poodle, came to see me with an...

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Diabetes in Pets

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Earlier this week, one of my clients brought their feisty, 12-year-old Chihuahua, named Gizmo, in for a nail trim. My veterinary technician noticed that Gizmo had lost two pounds since his last visit in September. This weight loss was a concern given that it was a 15 percent drop in...

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