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.
A partner in Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has been a veterinary practitioner since 1984. In addition to his decades of experience serving animal and pet owners throughout Chicagoland, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a pet enthusiast who owns two dogs. His pet Belle is descended from the American breed Boston terrier, which was given the nickname American gentleman in reference to its gentle disposition.
The breed originated circa 1870 when Robert C. Hooper of Boston acquired an imported English bulldog from William O’Brien and mated it with his own female white Terrier. After further careful breeding in the ensuing two decades, the breed had become popular enough that the American Bull Terrier club was founded for the benefit of the breed and its owners. At the time, the breed was still known as either round heads or bull terriers. Due to the objections of owners of American Kennel Club (AKC)-registered terriers at that time, the club changed the breed name to Boston terrier and its organizational name to The Boston Terrier Club of America in 1891. Subsequently, the club was admitted to the AKC and the breed officially recognized as distinct in 1893.
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.
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.