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.

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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.

Orthopedic Problems in Dogs – Arthritis

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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

 

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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

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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.

Pets’ Readiness for a Dog Park Environment

Dr. Todd Prince has practiced as a veterinarian for 25 years. In his practice, Dr. Todd Prince has worked with dog owners to address a variety of issues, including training and exercise.

Dogs enjoy regular exercise and typically enjoy interaction with other animals. One of the best places for many dogs to burn off energy and socialize is at a dog park. However, not all dogs are prepared for a dog park environment. Before taking a dog to the park and letting it off the leash, an owner should first make sure that the dog is properly trained and is able to get along with other dogs.

Training should involve teaching the dog to follow basic commands. If the dog is unable to do this, getting control over the dog in a dog park environment will be difficult. The dog also should get used to being around other animals in more controlled conditions than a dog park.

Further, the owner should look for behavioral issues, such as aggressiveness. In many cases, training can help alleviate potential problems. Once the dog has received the necessary training, it will likely be ready for the dog park. Of course, the owner should keep a close watch on the dog and remove the dog immediately should problems arise.