Feline Health – Neurological Issues

 

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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.