Elmhurst Animal Care Center Provides Pulse Oximetry Services

pexels-photo-1350591Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a board certified small animal veterinarian that holds over 30 years of experience in preventive care for animals. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince currently serves as a partner at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Illinois.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center provides full comprehensive veterinary services to companion animals, seven days a week. The center offers care for animals at any stage of life, with advanced services ranging from ultrasounds and digital radiography to magnetic resonance imaging and pulse oximetry tests.

Also known as a blood oxygen test, pulse oximetry

measures oxygen saturation in the blood. Pulse oximetry is often used during surgical operations or following medical procedures. In addition, the test can help assess the health of a patient following a heart attack or other condition that affects the level of oxygen in the blood. The test employs a small probe to measure blood oxygen. The probe, which is typically placed on an ear or other body part, utilizes light to measure oxygen in the blood.

Important Things to Know About Abnormal Weight Loss in Dogs

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A partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Joel Todd Leroy Prince has worked as a veterinary professional for more than two decades. Through his work at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince aims to help pet owners prevent and treat various conditions and diseases, including abnormal weight loss.

Dogs may lose weight as the result of both abnormal and normal conditions, and veterinarians consider weight loss to be clinically important when it comprises more than 10 percent of the dog’s normal body weight and is not associated with dehydration or fluid loss. Some causes for abnormal weight loss include anorexia (which is the lack of appetite as a result of a disease or behavioral condition) and pseudoanorexia (in which a pet loses the sense of smell or experiences another disorder that makes it difficult or impossible to eat).

In the case that weight loss appears significant, a veterinarian may utilize a number of tests, such as radiographs (x-rays) and blood tests, to complete a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, the veterinarian will know whether to prescribe a treatment aimed at improving the dog’s health and quality of life.

What Is a Well-Balanced Diet for Dogs?

Preventing Parasites in Dogs

 

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As a board-certified small-animal veterinarian, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince cares for dogs and cats in and around Elmhurst, Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince believes in preventive care, which includes guarding against internal parasites.

The prevention of internal parasites requires both owner diligence and regular veterinary care. Dog owners should connect with a local veterinarian to learn what parasites are common in their geographic area and what they should do to protect their dogs.

Many veterinarians conduct a fecal check on a dog’s first appointment and each year afterward. If the animal is at a high risk of parasites, the vet may recommend that the dog regularly take a preventive medication.

At home, owners need to prevent their dogs from eating feces, a canine habit that can cause the animals to take in parasites. Owners should keep their yards free of feces and keep their dogs away from standing water, which can breed parasites that cause severe digestive upset in dogs.

What Causes Swollen and Bleeding Gums in Dogs?

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A small animal veterinarian, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince holds diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince treats animals at four clinics throughout Illinois, including Elmhurst Animal Care Center.

A full-service veterinary clinic, Elmhurst Animal Care Center is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and provides preventive care in addition to specialized services such as laser therapy, emergency services, and dental care.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center recommends dental exams for dogs who experience bad breath, missing teeth, loss of appetite, difficulty eating, or swollen or bleeding gums. Often, swollen or bleeding gums are due to poor oral health or periodontal disease. However, injuries from chewing toys or food can cause these symptoms as well. Further, consumption of toxic foods such as chocolate can also cause bleeding, as can other systemic diseases.

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, doctors address oral health through an annual exam and regular cleanings.

Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies in Dogs

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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.

Strategies for Protecting Dogs’ Joints

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Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has been practicing veterinary medicine for nearly 30 years. Board-certified in small animal care, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince maintains a particular focus on orthopedic care.

Dogs need their joints to stay healthy and whole so that they can run and jump without pain or hindrance, but the structures and the tissues that protect them can degrade with time, just like those in humans. Dog owners can help to counteract this process by making sure that their pets get plenty of exercise, particularly in their formative years (provided that this exercise is not so forceful that the dog is subject to injury).

Owners must also ensure that their dogs get all of the nutrients that they need to keep their joints strong. These nutrients occur naturally in a raw diet that contains bone matter, but most commercial dog foods today do not fall into this category. This being the case, supplements of glucosamine and hyaluronic acid can help to keep joints lubricated, while chondroitin supplements can support the repair of crucial cartilage.

Even with supplements, dogs need nutritious food in the correct quantities to prevent obesity, which can strain joints. If joints do become damaged, however, owners should seek treatment for their pets immediately to prevent worsening of the condition in both the short and the long term. This involves not only veterinary care but also adapting the environment, including the introduction of pet stairs and ramps if necessary, so that the dog can rest its joints as much as possible during recovery periods.