For nearly four decades, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has provided compassionate clinical services for companion animals in Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince serves as a veterinarian at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center. Dr. Prince also holds professional credentials that include being a diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and board certification in veterinary medicine.
A mark of distinction, board certification indicates that a medical practitioner has completed additional education beyond minimum requirements in a clinical area.
For veterinarians, board certification involves advanced training in a specialty area following completion of veterinary school. Often, this advanced training consists of a one-year rotating internship with specialist supervision, as well as a three-year residency that focuses on a specialty area. Following this training, board-certified veterinarians are required to complete an examination that covers the specialization of their choice. For example, a board certified veterinarian may focus on areas that range from internal medicine and surgery to ophthalmology and neurology.
Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a board-certified small animal practice veterinarian and a partner at Elmhurst Animal Center in Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince studied animal science at Iowa State University and veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois.
The Elmhurst Animal Care Center is fully equipped to provide pets and their families with a range of surgical procedures. In addition to spay and neuter procedures, the facility is capable of performing major back surgeries, abdominal surgeries, and mass and tumor removals. Veterinarians are also skilled in performing anterior cruciate ligament repairs, luxating patella repair, and other wound repairs. The center performs surgical procedures to cure intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) for dogs.
Prior to surgery, animals undergo a thorough examination and blood work. Furthermore, animals receive all the required vaccinations and, if needed, anesthesia. Veterinarians also use CO2 laser surgery technology to mitigate the risk of complications.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Joel Todd Leroy Prince, DVM, is a board certified small animal veterinarian. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince provides medical services at a number of animal hospitals and practices in the greater Chicago area, including the Elmhurst Animal Care Center.
The Elmhurst Animal Care Center maintains a variety of medical and grooming services streamlined by technology, including effective and simple management tools for pet health records. Utilizing Petly services, the care center is able to provide individuals and families with immediate access to their pet’s health records from the comfort of their own homes. Furthermore, Petly can be used to keep track of upcoming veterinarian appointments and to receive updates and messages regarding pet health directly from the doctor.
In order to access animal health records anytime, anywhere, owners must first sign up for a Petly account at no charge. This can be done by visiting www.petly.com or by contacting Elmhurst Animal Care Center at www.elmhurstanimalcarecenter.com or (630) 530-1900.
As a board-certified small animal veterinarian, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince treats both common and rare disorders in dogs and cats. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has a special interest in neurological disorders, such as feline hyperesthesia.
Also known as twitch-skin syndrome or twitchy-cat syndrome, feline hyperesthesia is an unusual disorder in which a cat’s back twitches from the shoulders to the tail. The phenomenon is visible in some cats, but others show it only through the behavior they exhibit in trying to stop the strange sensation.
The twitches of feline hyperesthesia typically happen episodically and can last from several seconds to a few minutes. An episode may first become apparent to an owner when the cat turns to look at his or her tail as though something has just bitten it.
Some cats bite at their backs or hiss at a perceived invisible attacker. Cats with severe cases may chew at their fur until they develop skin lesions and bald patches.
Veterinary science has not yet identified the source of feline hyperesthesia. Suspected causes include seizure disorders and behavioral issues. Cats that are particularly high-strung or subject to environmental stressors may be at a higher risk.
Stress reduction is a key component of treatment for this condition. Experts recommend feeding the cat a balanced diet rich in protein, but seeing a veterinarian for a specific treatment plan is the important first step.
Based in Elmhurst, Illinois, veterinarian Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is one of only 15 animal care practitioners in the state to obtain diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a long-time partner and staff veterinarian for Elmhurst Animal Care Center, a practice that provides a number of dental care services for pets.
Like humans, pets can become seriously ill due to poor dental health. Dogs and cats over the age of 3 are particularly susceptible to periodontal disease. Moreover, advanced dental problems can cause tooth loss and major organ failure.
Incorporating a professional dental cleaning into a pet’s annual health examination can help veterinarians identify dental problems early on and prevent them altogether by removing plaque buildup.
Owners can also follow a more frequent cleaning routine at home. Every day, dogs should chew on toys specially designed to reduce plaque. Pet owners can also use a variety of toothbrushes or bacteria-eliminating dental fluids to keep their pet’s mouth clean.
For 25 years, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has practiced as a board-certified veterinarian to small animals. Focused particularly on soft tissue surgical procedures, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince draws on a detailed knowledge of gastrointestinal foreign bodies as a health risk to dogs.
A gastrointestinal foreign body is any object that a dog may consume that does not pass easily through the digestive tract. These objects may cause a number of problems, from toxicities within the system to inflammation and bacterial contamination. Although some foreign bodies will naturally pass before causing any such symptoms, many will become stuck.
Blockage causes food and bodily fluids to accumulate behind the trapped object. This in turn imposes pressure on the blood vessels, which cannot supply the digestive tract with sufficient nutrients. This causes death of the gastrointestinal tissue and may lead to a tear, which allows for the spill of gastrointestinal contents into the abdomen and can cause a life-threatening condition known as sepsis.
The most common symptom of a gastrointestinal foreign body is vomiting, which occurs as the stomach contracts in an attempt to expel the offending item. Dogs may also display abdominal discomfort, diarrhea or difficulty passing stool, and a general lack of energy. These symptoms typically prompt a veterinarian to order blood tests and scans to assess for the presence of a foreign body, which he or she is likely to then remove surgically.
As a board-certified small animal veterinarian, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince provides comprehensive care to dogs and cats. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince maintains a particular interest in veterinary cancers and their causal diseases.
Feline leukemia virus, or FeLV, is the most common cause of feline cancer as well as feline immunodeficiency. FeLV affects up to 3 percent of all cats that live in US homes with no other cats, though the risk is higher among kittens and cats that live with infected peers.
Feline leukemia is often asymptomatic in its earliest stages. As the disease progresses, however, a cat may begin to show symptoms that include appetite loss, weight loss, and enlarged lymph nodes.
Owners of cats with feline leukemia may notice problems with the coat, skin, and oral tissues, as well as persistent diarrhea and fever. Confirmation via a blood test typically is necessary for a veterinarian to arrive at a FeLV diagnosis.
Once the diagnosis is formalized, the veterinarian may recommend treatment for symptoms related to the disease. With monitoring and symptom mitigation, cats can live an average of 2.5 years with a good quality of life, though there is no cure for the disease itself.
The most responsible thing owners can do is to prevent their cats from getting the infection. A vaccination is available, but since it is not 100-percent effective, owners should keep their cats away from potentially infected animals.
A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a board-certified veterinarian and medical partner at the Elmhurst Animal Center in western Chicago. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince leverages 25 years of experience to provide care to a wide range of companion animals, including dogs.
Dogs need to stay active in order to live happy, healthy lives, and one way that many dog owners choose to exercise their pets is through regular visits to the dog park. While dog parks can be an excellent opportunity for energetic play and socialization, owners should take steps ahead of time to best protect a pet’s health in this community setting.
Firstly, all dogs who enter a dog park should be up to date on vaccinations. The high volume of animals who visit dog parks make it easy for certain diseases to spread, such as dog flu and kennel cough. A dog that is current on vaccines is less likely to catch the more common illnesses transmitted in this setting.
To further prevent the spread of illness, owners should also bring a bowl from home to provide a dog with its own water to drink, as sharing water with sick dogs can also cause a pet to become sick. Additionally, owners should also consider using preventative tick and flea medication before bringing a pet to a dog park, as other canines may bring these parasites into the setting.
Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince brings over 25 years of experience to his role as a veterinarian at several animal care clinics in Illinois, including as a partner with Elmhurst Animal Care Center. To stay up-to-date with the latest in veterinary science, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince attends continuing education classes in excess of 100 hours every year. He takes a special interest in veterinary oncology.
Adipose, or lipoma, tumors grow in the fat tissue of many pets. Most common in older dogs, especially Labrador retrievers, lipomas are twice as likely to appear in female than male dogs. Cats get this type of tumor rarely, but any obese pet is at a higher risk.
Most adipose tumors are benign and tend to grow slowly enough that they don’t necessarily cause other problems. Benign adipose tumors can sometimes grow large enough to cause pain or problems with other tissues in the body, and can usually be surgically removed successfully. Rarely, this type of tumor will metastasize to other parts of the pet’s body. Liposarcomas are malignant adipose tumors that may be surgically removed, but can recur in the same place later.
Pets with suspected adipose tumors will need a biopsy to discover whether the tumor is malignant or benign and to decide on the best course of treatment for the individual pet.
With a doctorate from the University of Illinois in veterinary medicine, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince serves as a partner and veterinarian with several animal clinics in Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is one of only 15 veterinarians in the state to be awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), first in 1993, and then again in 2002 and 2012. He is certified in Canine and Feline Practice.
The ABVP promotes certification as a mark of expertise for veterinarians, and has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to certify veterinarians in medical specialties. These candidates must maintain a high standard in their work and engage in consistent continuing education. Diplomate status means the veterinarian has been awarded board certification in a Recognized Veterinary Specialty (RVS). This requires at least three years of study, practice, and passage of an examination for that specialty.
AVMA specialty categories include practice areas such as avian medicine, canine and feline practice, or swine health management, depending on the applicant’s interest. Pet owners may wish to seek out ABVP Diplomates to ensure their pet is getting the highest grade of care.