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Reduce Your Trips To The Vet With 5 Easy Steps

Posted 12.06.2013 | Green

From VetStreet's Dr. Carol McConnell: Each fall, Veterinary Pet Insurance gives out the Hambone Award to a dog who has gotten himself into some kin...

Struck by a Bat: My Son's Rabies Scare

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 11.03.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

What can you do to prevent this deadly disease in your pet? Be proactive. Have your veterinarian vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies. Be safe.

Pet Time: Dog Routines

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

If you're a dog lover, your four-legged friend is your ultimate companion. But when you're feeling overwhelmed, you barely have time to exercise yourself, let alone make sure Fido gets enough exercise, too.

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

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

I strongly believe an educated client is my best client and pet owner. It is my goal today to educate you about your pet's urine so that when your veterinarian discusses your pet's urinalysis results with you, you understand it and can make the best decision on your pet's medical care.

LOOK: Good News For City Dogs

The Huffington Post | Rain Embuscado | Posted 07.01.2013 | HuffPost Home

It also happens to be a lazy pet-owner's dream come true.

Relief for Itchy Pets

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 08.04.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Most dogs and cats will occasionally lick their feet or rub their face. There are some pets, however, that are consumed by this activity to the point that they traumatize their skin till its raw and inflamed. These pets are suffering and need a therapeutic plan of action to help.

Flea and Tick Control: Your Decision

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 07.06.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Do not fall victim to a boastful flea and tick advertising campaign by the manufacturer. Choose the best product for your pet based on your concerns and the advice of your veterinarian.

Veterinary Confidential

Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M | Posted 06.24.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M

Unlike us humans, who value face-to-face introductions, dogs prefer some latitude and movement when they meet. Meeting nose-to-nose may seem the most polite way to us, but it's the least preferred approach.

The $3,750 Question: How Much Would You Pay to Save Your Cat's Life?

Valerie Frankel | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Valerie Frankel

Although it seemed wrong to subject an elderly pet to a painful ordeal, the price tag was a factor, absolutely. My husband and I made the rational, perhaps cold decision to preserve resources for the humans in the family.

The Secretive Pet

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Did you know that over 80 percent of all pets over eight years of age have at least one unrecognized disease by their owners?

To the Teeth: Arm Your Pet Against Dental Disease

Natasha Ashton | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Despite the desire to give our pets the very best, dental hygiene is one of pet parents' most frequently forgotten responsibilities. But what we now know about the health implications of poor oral hygiene is a reality we can no longer ignore.

The Holiday Puppy

Jennifer Arnold | Posted 03.05.2013 | Green
Jennifer Arnold

Having raised over 1,200 puppies in the past 20 years with Canine Assistants, I've learned a few things that may help to maintain your dog's good health and devotion -- and your sanity.

Rat Bait on Chicago Streets

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

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.

South African Community Led Animal Welfare Program: An Example for the World

Kate Nattrass Atema | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Kate Nattrass Atema

Animal suffering and violence against animals deeply affect children and adults. The emotional trauma and the violation of the human-animal bond tend to remain with children throughout their lives. In the communities CLAW serves, violence towards animals has virtually stopped.

Is Anesthesia Safe for Your Pet?

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 12.17.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

I believe an educated client makes the best health care decision for their pets. I recommend that you ask your veterinarian the following questions to help minimize your pet's anesthetic risks.

Safe Home, Healthy Pets

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Their lives are spent playing on lawns and sleeping on floors and as a consequence often have higher exposures to lawn and garden pesticides and to harmful chemicals in household products that can accumulate in dust. With these common exposures come shared risk.

Caring for an Arthritic Dog or Cat

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 11.27.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Is your pet having difficulties going up and down the stairs or jumping onto the couch? What do you do when your dog or cat starts to limp? Here are some of my suggestions for potential therapy options for your aching pet.

Summer's Over! Back-to-School Routines for You and Your Pet

Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M. | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M.

Just as your kids are prepared with backpacks filled with new supplies and clean books, your animal needs some preparation for the coming months.

Selecting a Veterinarian

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 11.12.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

I think it is exceedingly important for pet owners to select their "chosen" veterinarian and not just settle on the nearest or cheapest veterinary clinic available. It is a crucial relationship that will enhance your pet's quality of life and hopefully last decades.

Raw Confusion in the Pet Food Industry

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 10.23.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Once again I'm frustrated by the confusing terminology found on pet food labels. I frequently find pet food labels covered with meaningless words written by advertisers trying to entice you to buy their product without sharing with you their true merit.

How To Prevent Heat Stress In Pets

Posted 08.16.2012 | Healthy Living

Written by Dr. Dennis Chew for Vetstreet It always amazes me when, every year as the temperatures rise, there are still reports of animals being le...

Indoor Cats Are Not Disease-Free

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 10.02.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Indoor cats are not disease-free. Just like in humans, cats can get sick for a number of reasons. Infectious diseases are dramatically reduced if you keep your pet inside but not eliminated completely.

Doggie's Day Out

Broke Girls Guide | Posted 09.30.2012 | Los Angeles
Broke Girls Guide

For those of you who've recently found yourself mothering an adorable little pup we've put together the following "I'm not a regular (dog) mom, I'm a cool (dog) mom" itinerary.

Pet Obesity Is OUR Decision

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 09.22.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Obesity in our pets is a disease, but it is our decision. We choose when to feed our pets and, for the most part, when to exercise our pets.

A True Foo Dog From Colorado to the Coast of Maine -- Maitai Queen of Hearts

Anne Butterfield | Posted 09.19.2012 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Perhaps a few times you've met a soul in fur and paws who draws you close with tractor beams right off -- but you don't often get to take her home.