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The Fearful Patient: Steps to Reduce Stress

What are you terrified of? If I were to ask our staff that question, I would get a number of them telling me they are terrified of spiders. If I were to force these staff members to be exposed to spiders, they would likely scream and cry. They would do whatever they could to remove […]

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Dr. Grossman’s Official Summer-Bummer Must-Read Cautionary Blog

Oh, it is the chronic role of a worrying veterinarian to introduce caution and concern into every joyous festivity. Little sister getting married? Why don’t you worry about your anxious cat at home not getting her proper medications while you left town? Moving into your new dream apartment? Did the previous tenants’ dog pass on […]

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Heartworm Disease: Why Your Pet Really Does Need Monthly Prevention

Heartworm disease, spread by mosquitoes, has been documented in all 50 states, and is considered endemic in 48 states. Both temperature and humidity play an important role in the life cycle of heartworms. When a mosquito bites a heartworm-positive dog, the mosquito ingests the microfilaria (maggot stage of heartworm). Inside the mosquito, the microfilaria matures […]

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How to Ensure Your Pet Has the Longest, Healthiest Life Possible

May 6 through 12 is National Pet Week! This annual celebration sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers an opportunity for veterinarians to join with clients to promote responsible pet ownership and honor the many amazing pets in our lives. This year’s theme is “Barks, Purrs, Tweets, Neighs … Pets Speak Love Many […]

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Pet Owner’s Guide to the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and despite the date on the calendar, we are grappling with 60-degree Chicago weather. This helps make the Hallmark Channel’s holiday movie marathon seem a tad bit more inappropriate than normal and also augments my somewhat resentful feelings about premature holiday music leaking from every single possible place in the world. And again, […]

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