Cold Weather Safety Tips for Cat Owners

Throughout his career as a veterinarian, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has provided preventive care for countless small companion animals. During the cold winter months, animal care specialists such as Dr. Prince stress the importance of pet safety, especially for cat owners.

As a general rule, cat owners should keep their feline friends indoors when temperatures begin to dip. Not only can cats freeze if they get locked outside, but they also run an increased risk of being injured or killed by wild animals. Cat owners should also ensure that their pets have a warm place to sleep, preferably far away from cold floors or drafty areas.

Outdoor cats tend to sleep under the warm hoods of cars, which places them at risk of injury when the car is started. To prevent injury, pet owners should bang on the hoods of their cars before starting them to give the cat a chance to escape.

Preparing a Dog for a New Baby

With more than 25 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a highly qualified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. The owner of two dogs, a Boston terrier named Bella and a Doberman named Del, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince provides high-quality care to pets on a daily basis.

Preparing for a new baby is sometimes overwhelming for new parents, and it is easy to forget that the change also affects the family dog. The unusual smells and sudden access restrictions to certain areas cause dogs a lot of confusion. However, it is possible to prepare a dog for a new baby by teaching the dog obedience skills, ways to adjust to new things, and ways to deal with routine changes.

Many of the changes a dog must deal with may seem small to the parents, such as changes to the daily walking routine, but these changes matter to the dog and can cause the dog to suffer stress or associate negative feelings with the infant. To avoid this type of problem, it is helpful to adjust the dog to changes before the baby arrives.

Teaching a dog new boundaries and skills is also important when preparing for a baby. Training for basic obedience commands, such as sit, stay, and drop it, make it easier to handle the dog when it wants to play near the baby. Proper training allows the dog to still be part of the family in a calm, safe way.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Pets

Board-certified veterinarian Joel Todd Leroy Prince currently serves as medical partner with Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois, where he offers comprehensive pet care for small animals such as dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles. In addition to veterinary vaccinations and surgery, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince and clinic staff advise on aspects of pet care, including oral health.

Oral hygiene is essential to maintaining a pet’s overall health. Not only does keeping an animal’s teeth clean promote a healthy smile, it can also prevent painful periodontal disease. By age 3, 70% of dogs and cats show signs of gum disease. By age 1, pets should receive a thorough exam that identifies any problems or issues with teeth, gums, or oral cavities. After that, pets should visit the dentist annually for cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatment.

To promote oral health at home, pet owners can brush their pet’s teeth a few times a week. They can also purchase tooth-friendly dry dog foods and biscuits, which can slow down the build-up of plaque and tartar, while chew toys strengthen teeth, massage the pet’s gums, and scrape away tartar.

Becoming A Small Animal Veterinarian

Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a partner with the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois. As a veterinarian with more than 25 years of experience, Joel Todd Leroy Prince is board certified in small animal practice.

Small animal veterinarians must complete an accredited DVM program before completing additional work to become licensed to handle cats, dogs, exotic animals, and other companion pets like birds. According to studies conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), about three quarters of licensed veterinarians work in a private practice, with many choosing to focus on small animals and pets. While vets must graduate from a DVM program and then pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) before becoming eligible to practice on small animals, most vets make the decision because they want to work on pets rather animals that serve other purposes. Accordingly, many small animal veterinarians will also treat larger companion animals such as horses or large canines.

Services of Elmhurst Animal Care Center

Illinois-based veterinarian Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has provided medical care to animals for over 25 years. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince treats patients at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center.

Located at 850 South Riverside Drive, the Elmhurst Animal Care Center facility offers comprehensive services so that pets and their owners receive the best care. Understanding the hectic quality of many people’s lives, the center provides non-appointment options that contribute to an animal’s health and well-being. The center’s dog daycare, pet boarding, and pet grooming services allow animals to be looked after in comfort and safety.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center also performs state-of-the-art surgeries. Veterinarians at the center use the CO2 surgical laser, which seals blood vessels, reduces pain and the risk of infection, and shortens the recovery period. This device also enables practitioners to perform smaller and more complicated incisions that cannot be accomplished with conventional scalpels.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center can perform diagnostics on the premises through digital radiography equipment, in-hospital urine and fecal analysis, and blood chemistry profiles. Neutering, spaying, and declaw removal are also among the center’s services. For more information, visit

How to Increase Driving Distance in Golf

In practice as a veterinarian for nearly three decades, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Price currently treats patients at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Illinois. Dr. Prince is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. In his spare time, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince enjoys traveling and playing golf.

There are several ways to increase one’s driving distance in golf.

Don’t grip the club too tightly. One misconception in golf is that the tighter one grips the club, the farther the ball will travel. Many experts recommend that the grip should not be tighter than a “5” on a scale ranging from 1 to 10.

Keep the head down. One of the most important things for golfers to remember is to keep their heads down until after they have completed the swing. Lifting one’s head too early changes the club head’s angle of impact to the ball, which in turn can affect driving distance.

Position the feet correctly. In order to make direct contact with the ball, golfers should position their left foot directly beneath the left shoulder and at a 45-degree angle. Additionally, the left shoulder should face in the same direction as the intended target.

Advancing the Veterinary Profession in Illinois through the ISVMA

A partner and practicing veterinarian at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Joel Todd Leroy Prince leverages more than 25 years of experience in veterinary practice to provide high-quality preventive and surgical care to clients. Throughout his career, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has pursued his education and maintained membership in a variety of veterinary associations, including the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA).

The association represents about 2,700 veterinarians, technicians, and students. ISVMA monitors and predicts changing issues that affect veterinary licenses. The association hopes that through the participation of its members, veterinary practices in Illinois will grow and advance. In order to represent all areas of the state, ISVMA has seven regions located throughout Illinois. ISVMA provides various sponsored benefits, possesses several committees, and gives out scholarships in an attempt to advance the veterinary field in Illinois.

The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association committees provide members with the opportunity to become involved with the association and work toward improving veterinary care in a more direct manner. The association’s sponsored benefits help veterinary practices to grow and operate at a more efficient level. The programs offer member veterinarians with discounted services, debt collection assistance, and bulk purchasing through ISVMA’s sponsors. Through the Illinois Veterinary Medical Foundation, ISVMA works to develop various charitable programs that are related to the field and helps the association to provide scholarships. With the assistance of donations, the foundation is able to help fund and support ISVMA’s projects, which allows the association to continue working toward its goal.