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Donna Solomon, DVM
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.

Entries by Donna Solomon, DVM

Listerine and Pets: Not Veterinarian Recommended

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 5:18 PM

On November 11, 2015, while browsing the Chicago Tribune, a headline "Listerine Restored Luster to Dog's Once-Thinning Coat" caught my attention. Unaware of the magical power of Listerine, with curiosity, I read the article. Although this article was written in a Q&A format, the implied questioner asked no question. What...

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Eliminate Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Recently, I have seen an exorbitant number of new clients with pets with chronic ear infections, called otitis. One new client brought her sheltie to see me with a six-month history of ear mite infestation. I asked this new client who diagnosed this problem. She said a pet store clerk...

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Ten Lessons I Hope Every Pet Owner Learned from the Chicago Canine Influenza Outbreak

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:18 PM

1. 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...

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Dog Flu: Canine Influenza

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 8:50 PM

Approximately three weeks ago, my Chicago practice experienced a tremendous rise in the number of dogs experiencing respiratory diseases. Initially many of these dogs were energetic with deep, harsh coughs without a fever. The doctors at Animal Medical Center of Chicago tentatively diagnosed them with Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel...

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Animal Medical Center of Chicago's Pet Food Drive

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 4:20 PM


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...

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Brewing Beer at Home: Risk of Hops Toxicity in Pets

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 2:15 PM

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...

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Don't Underestimate Distemper: Vaccinate Your Dog Now!

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:21 PM

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....

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Old Pets Die Soon and Other Aging Myths

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:44 PM

Today I saw a longtime client with his 16-year-old border collie, named "Coffee", who I had not seen in over eight months. Coffee needed assistance to walk into my office, appeared agitated and painful, and was thin. My client told me that for the last six months Coffee has had...

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Safely Living With Pets: Don't Let Your Pet Lick Your Face and Other Helpful Tips

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:33 PM

In 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that 56 percent of all United States households own a pet. There are over 69 million dogs and 36 million cats in American households. Our pets are family members; we love, play, share our food, and celebrate holidays with them. In fact,...

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10 Tips to Being a Better Pet Health Caregiver

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:13 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 | 3:55 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 | 5:33 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 | 3:49 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 | 12:21 PM

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 | 10:54 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 | 3:16 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 | 11:45 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 | 1:01 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 | 10:05 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 | 2:26 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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