Warning Signs of Illness in Small Animals

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Todd Prince, DVM, provides high-quality veterinary care to animals in four Illinois animal hospitals. Dr. Todd Prince has more than 25 years of veterinary experience, and is certified in exotic companion mammal practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

In their natural setting, small animals avoid showing signs of illness or injury as a survival mechanism. This can make it difficult to tell when a rabbit, guinea pig, mouse, or rat is not feeling well. Pay attention to your pocket pet, and plan a trip to the veterinarian if he or she displays any of these warning signs.

1. Keep a close eye on small animals that have a sudden change in appetite. This is especially important if weight loss occurs.

2. Changes in elimination can indicate a problem. Loose stool is of particular concern.

3. Changes in appearance signify a health problem. Be on the lookout for abnormal discharge, the appearance of blood, or a dull coat.

4. Pets that seem weak, twitchy, or inactive should see a vet as soon as possible.

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.

Tips for Keeping Dogs’ Teeth Clean

Board-certified veterinarian Dr. Todd Prince cares for small animals at several veterinary care centers in and around Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Todd Prince focuses much of his attention on preventative care and promoting overall pet wellness, which includes proper care of the teeth.

Approximately 78 percent of dogs over 3 years old suffer from dental disease, while 85 percent of dogs above age 4 have a form of periodontal disease. These conditions can cause discomfort and ultimate tooth loss, as well as systemic medical issues when the infection enters the blood stream. Fortunately, dog owners can help to prevent these conditions through the simple practice of good canine dental hygiene.

Veterinarians often recommend that owners begin this practice with a visit to the veterinarian, who can perform a comprehensive diagnostic examination and remove existing tartar. This brings the dog to a healthy baseline and makes it more comfortable for the owner to begin a brushing regimen. Experts suggest that owners begin with a lip massage of up to one minute, either daily or twice daily for a few weeks. Once the dog is used to this kind of contact, the owner can try massaging the teeth and gums.

Canine toothbrushes and toothpastes are available commercially. Brushes are smaller and softer than human toothbrushes and may fit over the finger, though the owner may choose to use a piece of clean gauze instead. Similarly, a baking soda and water concoction can safely take the place of canine toothpaste. Dental-friendly treats, identifiable with the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal, can also help to keep dogs’ teeth clean between brushings.

Microchipping a Pet

Dr. Todd Prince has practiced as a veterinarian for 25 years. During that time, Dr. Todd Prince has advised pet owners on a number of important pet-health topics, including the decision to microchip a pet.

Many pet owners worry about what might happen if a pet escapes an enclosure or slips out the door of the house. For instance, the pet could get injured, or the owner might not be able to find the pet again. However, getting a pet microchipped can help prevent this problem, as people can locate the pet through the use of the microchip and its associated database.

In addition to helping reunite pet owners with their pets, microchips are easy to implant. A veterinarian can do the procedure in the office, and the pet can be awake during the procedure. It feels about the same to a pet as getting a shot, so there’s no need for general anesthesia.

The person implanting the chip will use a syringe device and needle to place the chip under the pet’s skin, often in the area of the neck or shoulder blades. Once inserted, the chip will remain in place and serve as an important locating tool, giving the pet owner additional peace of mind.

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners’ 20th Annual Symposium

Dr. Todd Prince, a member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, with more than three decades of veterinary experience, cares for patients at Springbrook Animal Care Center in Naperville, Illinois. Board certified in small animal practice, Dr. Todd Prince is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Advancing the quality of veterinarian medicine, the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) will host its 20th Annual Symposium at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel from November 12-15, 2015. The program features 27 hours of continuing education courses, covering topics such as new analgesia and anesthesia techniques, client relations, cardiac and renal procedures, and neurobiology. In addition, the ABVP will celebrate newly certified and recertified diplomates at the annual awards reception. The ticketed dinner is open to all attendees and includes a live auction to raise funds benefitting the Board’s foundation.

Registration is currently open, with fees beginning as low as $170 for veterinary students. ABVP diplomates in good standing receive a discounted rate of $375. One-day registration is also available for $225.

Vaccinating Pets

An experienced veterinarian, Dr. Todd Prince is board-certified in small animal practice. He performs surgery and a range of diagnostic procedures. In addition, Dr. Todd Prince is skilled in preventive health care.

Vaccination is one of the important preventive care practices where cats and dogs are concerned. While the vaccinations required may vary depending on the pet’s breed and routine, some are generally recommended. For dogs, these include vaccinations for canine distemper and parvovirus. For cats, important vaccinations include those for feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. It is often recommended that both cats and dogs receive vaccinations for rabies and bordetella.

The schedule for vaccinations and booster shots may varies depending on the animal and its circumstances. This is because the length of time over which a vaccination remains effective depends on the age of the pet and its overall health. Pet owners are advised to consult their veterinarians on these factors to ensure that their pets are properly protected. Regular veterinarian appointments facilitate this process.

Hinsdale Humane Society Offers Pet Therapy to Children and Seniors

A board-certified veterinarian in practice since 1984, Dr. Todd Prince currently treats patients at several animal care centers in the greater Chicago area. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Todd Prince supports local charities and nonprofits, including the Hinsdale Humane Society.

Located in Hinsdale, Illinois, the Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) is an independent animal shelter that serves homeless animals and the general public through a range of programs and activities. In addition to various programs aimed at animal protection and care, the HHS oversees several pet therapy programs for children and seniors.

The HHS’ pet therapy activities began in 1982 with the launch of its first therapy program, Pet-a-Pet, which sends select animals and trained owners to senior care and retirement facilities. The organization also offers two youth-focused programs: R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) and CARe (Canine Assisted Rehabilitation). R.E.A.D and CARe use teams of trained owners and registered therapy animals to assist children in schools, libraries, and hospitals.

As a nonprofit organization, the HHS relies on the support of dedicated volunteers to continue its work. To learn more about any of the organization’s programs or to find out how to become an HHS volunteer, visit http://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.