Elderly Canines – Arthritis

 

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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.

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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

 

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American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
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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

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Dogs and 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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Springbrook Animal Care Center
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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.

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.