The Small Animal Veterinarian

Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince, a graduate of the veterinary medicine program at the University of Illinois, has more than 25 years of veterinary experience. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince practices as a board certified small animal veterinarian at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the majority of veterinarians serve in private practice, with some of them opting to work solely on small animals and others catering to both small and large animals.

The role of a small animal veterinarian is to treat a wide array of pets and companion animals. While many individuals associate small animal veterinarians with dogs and cats, they may not be aware that they are also trained to handle small birds, reptiles, and other small mammals.

Small animal veterinarians conduct general checkups, administer routine vaccines, prescribe medication, and perform tooth cleaning. They also perform common surgical procedures such as spaying and neutering. Though they typically engage with patients and pet owners in clinic examination rooms, small animal veterinarians are able to practice in a variety of environments.

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.