Kennel Cough in Dogs

Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince serves as a partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Illinois. As a veterinarian, he provides care to beloved family pets and strives to help them live long and happy lives. Among Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince’s areas of expertise are common pet diseases, such as kennel cough.

Kennel cough is a condition that affects many dogs at some point in their lives. It is highly contagious and often spreads in areas where many dogs are housed together, such as kennels (hence the name “kennel cough”). It affects dogs’ respiratory systems and can result in a variety of symptoms. Possible symptoms include a hacking cough and retching. The dog might also make a honking sound when coughing. The condition might be caused by a variety of viruses.

If a pet owner suspects kennel cough, he or she should take the dog to a veterinarian. The condition is often most serious in young dogs, who do not yet have fully developed immune systems, and older dogs, whose immune systems are no longer in peak condition.

Wildlife Medical Clinic Holds Annual Fundraiser at Pear Tree Estate

Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners as a small animal specialist, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a partner at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince earned his DVM at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and supports his alma mater by making annual contributions.

Included within the College of Veterinary Medicine is the Wildlife Medical Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides care for as many as 1,500 animals a year. Operated entirely by volunteers, the clinic provides a valuable training opportunity for veterinary students, in addition to serving as a public resource for wildlife education.

The Wildlife Medical Clinic relies on grants and donations for its operating costs, and it recently held its second annual Walk on the Wild Side fundraising event. Guests attended a gourmet dinner at the Pear Tree Estate in Champaign, Illinois, before taking part in a series of live and silent auctions throughout the evening. Auction items included wildlife vacation packages such as an excursion swimming with dolphins. Additionally, attendees could bid on footprint artwork created by some of the clinic’s residents, including a red-tailed hawk named Odin.