Signs of Leg Fractures in Cats

As a board-certified small animal veterinarian, Dr. Todd L. Prince treats a comprehensive range of illnesses and injuries in both dogs and cats. Dr. Todd Prince has a particular professional interest in veterinary orthopedic surgery.

When a cat breaks its leg, either through a fall or another traumatic injury, it typically makes its injury known via expressions of pain. Cats instinctively try to mask their discomfort, but a broken bone may cause an animal to cry, howl, or growl. Such vocalizations tend to be more intense or frequent when the broken limb is touched.

Cats with broken legs also tend to favor the limb and avoid walking on it. Some may avoid grooming themselves or eating because of the pain. Other cats will display more visible signs of a broken bone, bruising and swelling being the most common.

A compound fracture, the most severe form of broken bone, will present with a portion of bone protruding through the skin. This can cause contamination of the injury site and requires immediate attention. A closed fracture does not break the skin, and a greenstick fracture does not completely sever into different pieces of bone, although these also require veterinary intervention to promote healthy healing.


Treatment for Cancer in Cats

As a board-certified small animal veterinarian, Dr. Todd L. Prince draws on a comprehensive knowledge of the diseases that affect dogs and cats. Todd Prince, DVM, pursues a particular interest in veterinary oncology, which includes cancers found in cats.

As is the case with human patients, treatment for cats with cancer typically involves a combination chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. The treatment plan for each case depends on the type of cancer, where it is located in the body, and how far it has spread, as well as on the medical needs of the cat and the resources of the owner. Most cases will require some form of surgery, whether intended to reduce the size of the tumor or to remove it entirely.

Often prescribed in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy uses a combination of drugs to interrupt the uncontrolled replication of cancer cells. Depending on the drugs themselves, they can be available either in injectable or pill form. Many feline chemotherapy drugs are deliverable at home, provided that the owner takes precautions to prevent contact with other tissues or the home environment.

Radiation, by contrast, is available only in a professional setting and may require a visit to a specialist. This technique uses beams of radiation to kill cancer cells and, like chemotherapy, may aim to either destroy or reduce the tumor. Radiation that shrinks the tumor is often a form of pain control, which many experts recommend as the primary goal when treating feline cancers.

Elderly Canines – Arthritis


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A small animal veterinarian with experience exceeding two decades, Dr. Todd L. Prince serves dogs, cats, and other animals through several clinical locations in Illinois. After securing his doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), Dr. Todd Prince became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

When dogs grow old, they’re at higher risk of certain ailments. Common in a dog’s senior years, arthritis manifests when joint tissues begin to wear away or become inflamed, resulting in painful symptoms that can limit a dog’s mobility and seriously impact quality of life. Dogs experiencing arthritis symptoms may sleep more often, demonstrate less propensity to play, or show unusual caution when moving.

To address arthritis, some veterinarians may suggest a holistic approach that includes anti-inflammatory medications and lifestyle changes. For instance, obesity can exacerbate arthritis. Therefore, caretakers can help by putting their dogs on a more healthy diet or encouraging arthritis-appropriate exercise.

Some patients may also benefit from surgeries to repair tissue damaged by trauma, infection, or auto-immune disorders that give rise to arthritis.

Feline Health – Neurological Issues




Dr. Todd L. Prince provides veterinary services to patients through several clinics in the Chicago area. Before entering private practice, Dr. Todd Prince completed undergraduate studies in animal science at Iowa State University and obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine through the University of Illinois. All of Dr. Prince’s clinics are cat friendly.

Cats rely on a complex and sensitive nervous system to navigate their environment and to carry out instinctual behaviors like hunting. Like their human companions, cats can manifest a variety of neurological problems that negatively impact quality of life.

For example, some felines develop epilepsy, a disease characterized by seizures that occur when electrical signals in the cerebral cortex function abnormally. Causes of the illness vary and include tumors and head trauma. Other neurological issues in felines are caused by factors as disparate as parasites and exposure to toxic substances.

To check for neurological problems, veterinarians conduct examinations for any tell-tale symptoms. An animal care provider may, for instance, evaluate a cat’s movement for balance problems indicating nerve damage or order laboratory tests useful in diagnosing infectious and autoimmune diseases that attack the nervous system.

Canine Oncology – Canine Lymphoscarcoma

Canine lymphosarcoma (LSA)

Canine lymphosarcoma (LSA)


An expert in the treatment of animal diseases, Todd L. Prince, DVM, delivers quality veterinary care at Naperville Animal Hospital, Springbrook Animal Care Center, and several associated Illinois clinics. Dr. Todd Prince’s professional interests include cancer as well as neurological conditions in small animals.

Dogs can present with a variety of cancers. Canine lymphoscarcoma (LSA) ranks among the most common types. The cancer begins when immune cells called lymphocytes start to multiply without check and form tumors.

Because lymphocytes are distributed throughout the body, tumors can start growing anywhere, meaning the warning signs of LSA vary widely depending on the individual circumstances of the dog in question. However, early-stage LSA often presents as swelling in a lymph node or in lymph nodes.

Veterinarians treat LSA with chemotherapy and radiation. In fact, LSA responds very well to chemotherapy drugs, which cause most canine patients’ LSA to enter into remission for anywhere from 6 to 9 months.

Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners


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American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

Todd L. Prince, DVM, has 25 years of veterinary experience and serves at the animal hospitals of Wheaton, Naperville, Elmhurst, and Springbrook, Illinois. Dr. Todd Prince is certified in small animal practice by and a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

ABVP is a veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association that offers certifications in 11 recognized specialties. Veterinarians who become board certified have demonstrated superior capabilities in providing high quality care. When ABVP certifies veterinary practitioners, they become diplomates in one recognized veterinary specialty. As such, they have shown exceptional knowledge, skill, and competency in comprehensive patient care.

Veterinarians who would like to be considered for diplomate status should download and read the applicant handbook, which acts as a guide through the application and credentials process and answers frequently asked questions. The next step is to create an online account with ABVP, where applications, fees, and credentials can be submitted.

Orthopedic Problems in Dogs – Arthritis

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Dogs and Arthritis

A veterinarian with a special interest in orthopedic care, Dr. Todd L. Prince treats a variety of small animals as a staff member with Springbrook Animal Care Center and several other Illinois practices. Dr. Todd Prince is one of the few veterinarians in Illinois to attain diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Like humans, dogs are susceptible to many orthopedic problems, especially as they enter their senior years. One particularly common issue in both humans and their canine friends is arthritis, a disease defined by inflammation and degeneration of joint tissues.

The larger the dog, the more pressure it places on its joints when running or playing. Over time, that pressure causes wear and tear, raising the risk of arthritis. Signs of the disease in dogs include motion problems like difficulties using stairs or reluctance to walk on one or more legs.

Dog owners can reduce the risk of arthritis in their animal companions by ensuring they maintain healthy weights and are getting the right balance of nutrients and omega-3 fats. With the aid of veterinarians like Todd Prince, DVM, owners of dogs with arthritis can also help their pets get relief through drug therapies and even surgical care.