Feline Health – Neurological Issues

 

cat

cat

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.

Advertisements

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

 

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners pic

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
Image: abvp.com

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

Dogs and Arthritis pic

Dogs and Arthritis
Image: springbrookanimalcarecenter.com

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.

Springbrook Animal Care Center Treats Canine Flu and More

 

Springbrook Animal Care Center pic

Springbrook Animal Care Center
Image: springbrookanimalcarecenter.com

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Dr. Todd L. Prince maintains board certification in small animal practice. Drawing on his training and experience, Todd Prince, DVM, treats outbreaks of canine flu and educates pet owners on general care at a range of clinics, including Springbrook Animal Care Center in Naperville, Illinois.

Springbrook Animal Care Center provides a variety of care options, including onsite surgical services and even boarding and pet daycare opportunities. To set it apart from other veterinary facilities, the center offers non-appointment services for pet owners who need to bring pets in during hospital hours to see the next available veterinarian.

In April 2016, the center announced a canine flu outbreak from the H3N2 strain in the Chicago area. Unvaccinated dogs have an 80 percent chance of becoming ill when exposed to the canine influenza virus (CIV). The particular strain involved originated from an avian strain of flu that first appeared in Chicago in 2015. Symptoms of the H3N2 strain are similar to human flu symptoms, and canines suffer from fatigue and loss of appetite. Senior dogs and those with pre-existing health conditions can develop pneumonia. To combat the disease, Springbrook urges dog owners to vaccinate their pets against this strain.

Peripheral Neuropathies in Dogs

Peripheral Neuropathies pic

Peripheral Neuropathies
Image: petmd.com

Todd Prince, DVM, a board-certified small animal veterinarian, serves on the staff of several veterinary practices in and around Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Todd L. Prince draws on extensive experience in the treatment of canine neurological disorders, such as peripheral neuropathies.

As its name indicates, a peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves outside of the central nervous system. These nerves are responsible for a variety of functions, including coordinated movement as well as automatic physical function. Interruption of these functions may occur if there is a degeneration of the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerve or if the nerve fibers themselves begin to disintegrate.

Because the peripheral nerves serve so many purposes, their degeneration causes a wide variety of symptom sets and stems from a range of disorders. Common causes include breed-specific congenital conditions, parasitic infections, and environmental toxins. Symptoms range from weakness in the limbs to spatial disorientation and typically develop gradually, which in turn means that owners often do not notice a problem until it is significantly advanced.

Veterinary medicine currently has no available cure for peripheral neuropathy. The disease causes continued degeneration once identified, though palliative treatments targeted at specific symptoms can increase a dog’s quality of life and mitigate discomfort.