Signs of Polyneuropathy in Canines

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Polyneuropathy
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A University of Illinois alumnus, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has practiced veterinary medicine since 1984. A partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince practices preventive care and has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders in dogs.

A neurological disorder is a condition that can affect a dog’s brain, nerves, and spinal cord. These disorders, and the ensuing dysfunction, are typically due to an injury or infection of the central or peripheral nervous systems.

Also known as peripheral neuropathy, polyneuropathy is an example of a neurological disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system. Signs of the condition can be varied since peripheral nerves extend throughout a dog’s body. Symptoms include the loss of motor skills, such as reflexes, and low muscle tone. Disorientation, dizziness, and dysfunction of the pain and pleasure receptors can also occur. Moreover, the thyroid gland can be affected, which is sometimes evident by paralysis of the face, throat, esophagus, and voice box.

What Does it Means When Dogs Lick Ears?

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Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois. In this role, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince provides preventative care services and other treatments for a variety of pets. The team at Elmhurst Animal Care Center works with patients to help them understand dog behaviors, especially strange ones like licking ears.

Ear-licking behavior is largely motivated by a dog’s pack mentality. Licking ears expresses affection, respects, and dedication to the pack through mutual grooming. At the same time, other factors contribute to this behavior, such as a predilection for flavor of earwax. Dogs often use their tongues to explore the environment, and they can learn that it is a flavor they enjoy.

If a dog suddenly becomes obsessed with another dog’s ear, owners should take note since an ear infection or some other discharge could be the reason.

In general, licking ears is harmless. However, excessive licking can case moisture to build in the ear canal, which leads to other issues. For that reason, owners should discourage the behavior by using distractions like toys or treats to break a dog’s concentration.

Peripheral Neuropathy in Dogs

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Peripheral Neuropathy
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As a DVM, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1984. Additionally, he is active with several associations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince’s primary interests are soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures, oncology, and neurological disorders.

Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder in dogs that affects multiple peripheral nerves. Unlike the protected nerves of the spine, the peripheral nerves are exposed to elements that come into contact with the dog’s body, leaving them more prone to toxic damage and physical injury. Peripheral nerves are spread throughout the body and are responsible for conscious movement, flow of the digestive system, and automatic physical responses.

Numerous conditions are linked to peripheral neuropathy, or the degeneration of the sheath which protects the peripheral nerves. Examples include an underactive thyroid gland, autonomic movement disorder affecting motor and sensorimotor nerves, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, and sensory nerve disorders.

Neurological Diseases in Dogs

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Joel Todd Leroy Prince

Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a small animal veterinarian who resides and works in Illinois. In addition to serving as a partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, he brings his more than two decades of medical experience to three additional clinics in the Chicago area. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince focuses his practice on companion animal preventive care, and is dedicated to continuing his professional education in fields such as neurological disorders.

There are a number of neurological disorders that can affect your pets. Three of these medical conditions, and their effect on canines, are outlined below.

Parkinson’s Disease. Though in humans this condition most often affects the elderly, dogs with this hereditary, degenerative disease often begin experiencing symptoms such as tremors, stiff muscles, and poor balance at a young age.

Epilepsy. Believed to also be hereditary in dogs, epilepsy causes repetitive seizures that range in severity. Animals afflicted with this condition are often prescribed anticonvulsant drugs, and require regular veterinarian appointments.

Degenerative Myelopathy. A result of degeneration in the spinal cord and peripheral nerves, this condition occurs quite suddenly in adult dogs, and is seen most often in German Shepherds, corgis, and boxers. The hind legs gradually become weaker over six months to a year, until the animal is no longer able to support themselves at the rear.

Tips for Preventing Colic in Dogs

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Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince works as a small animal veterinarian at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois. A board-certified small animal vet, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is capable of treating a wide range of illnesses in dogs, cats, reptiles, and birds.

Colic, which refers to pain and discomfort in the abdomen, is a condition that can affect dogs of any age, though it is most commonly seen in puppies. While many cases of canine colic are mild, it can sometimes be fatal. Dog owners can take the steps below to help prevent colic in their canine companions.

Ensuring that a dog has a healthy, balanced diet is crucial for colic prevention. When an owner adjusts a dog’s food intake, the changes should be made slowly, usually over the course of five to seven days, so that the dog has time to adapt. It isn’t unusual for the family dog to enjoy some leftovers from the dinner table, but owners should be sure dogs aren’t getting too much greasy or sugary human food. These foods can be tricky for a dog’s digestive system to handle, which can quickly lead to colic.

Dog owners should make sure that their pets are checked for worms on a routine basis. Intestinal worms can lead to a host of digestive complications, including colic. If a dog has worms, a veterinarian can run tests and then prescribe medicines to eradicate the worms from the animal’s system.

An Introduction to the Doberman Pinscher

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Doberman Pinscher
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Board-certified veterinarian Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has been in practice for over 25 years and currently treats companion animals at several veterinary clinics in northeastern Illinois. In his free time, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince enjoys spending time with his family and his two dogs, a Boston terrier named Bella and a Doberman Pinscher named Del.

Although they once had a reputation for being aggressive, the Doberman Pinscher is a loving dog that makes an excellent family pet. Developed in Germany in the late 1800s, the Doberman was originally bred to serve as a guard dog. The Doberman’s innate intelligence, alertness, and loyalty continue to make it a great working dog, and the breed is often employed to assist the police, military, and those with vision impairments.

As a pet, Dobermans stand out for the loyalty and affection they show their owner. They are also highly trainable and relatively easy to care for, but they do require a lot of exercise to maintain their athletic physique and promote their overall well-being. A fairly common household pet, the Doberman Pinscher is now the 14th most popular dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club.