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.

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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.