Dr. Todd Prince - Naperville Animal Hospital Veterinarian

With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Todd Prince treats pets at the Naperville Animal Hospital in Illinois, located 40 minutes west of Chicago. He also sees patients at the Wheaton Animal Hospital, the Elmhurst Animal Care Center, and the Springbrook Animal Care Center, located in Illinois. Dr. Todd Prince practices basic preventive care with all the animals he sees and specializes in orthopedic and soft-tissue surgical procedures as well as neurological disorders and oncology. To stay current with the latest developments in the industry, he attends more than 100 hours of continuing education seminars each year.

Dr. Todd Prince studied animal sciences at Iowa State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, then went on to earn his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Notably, he is one of only 15 veterinarians in the state of Illinois who were named diplomates by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He maintains membership in the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Prince owns a Boston Terrier called Bell and a Doberman called Del.

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Pets’ Dental Care

A veterinarian for 30 years, Dr. Todd Prince practices preventive medicine, performs orthopedic and soft-tissue surgical procedures, and treats companion animals for neurologic disorders and cancer. One of only a very few veterinarians in Illinois to be board certified by the American Board of Veterinarian Practitioners, he also belongs to the Chicago, Illinois, and National Veterinary Medical Associations. When he is not attending to his patients’ needs at four animal care centers in the Naperville, Illinois, area, Dr. Todd Prince enjoys spending time with his children and two dogs.

Owners of dogs and cats usually make certain their pets get their annual shots, but they don’t give much attention to dental care. While it’s true that dogs and cats typically do not get cavities the way humans do, they are vulnerable to gum disease, which results from bacteria forming on their teeth and gums. Over time, these bacteria infect the gums and surrounding tissue and enter the bloodstream, from which they attack vital organs like the heart, the liver, and the kidneys. Some early symptoms of gum disease in pets include bad breath and swollen or bleeding gums; later symptoms may include loose or missing teeth, difficulty eating, and loss of weight.

In addition to attending to their annual checklist of shots and boosters, pet owners should also establish a program of preventive dental care for their pets. This includes providing pets with healthy diets and chew toys and occasional special treats that promote dental health. Pet owners can also brush their pets’ teeth at home. Like humans, pets should be given a professional dental exam and cleaning at the vet’s once a year. More information about pets’ dental care can be found at the Naperville Animal Hospital’s website, www.napervilleanimalhospital.com.

Polyneuropathy in Dogs

Dr. Todd Prince is a veterinarian practicing in several areas throughout Illinois, including Wheaton, Naperville, and Elmhurst. A member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, Todd L. Prince, DVM, is experienced in treating in neurologic disorders. Polyneuropathy, one such disorder, affects dogs.

A nerve disorder that affects more than one of the peripheral nerves, polyneuropathy is often related to specific dog breeds. It differs from mononeuropathy, a nerve condition that affects just one peripheral nerve. The peripheral nerves are part of the body’s nervous system and include connections that run from the nervous system to the rest of the body. Peripheral nerves also include nerves on the outside of the brain and spinal cord.

Since peripheral nerves are less protected than other parts of the body, they are more exposed to potential injury and conditions like polyneuropathy. Some well-known examples of polyneuropathy include botulism, sensory neuropathies, muscular atrophy, and tick paralysis.

Elderly Dogs - Blindness

A veterinarian delivering animal care through several Illinois clinics, Dr. Todd L. Prince, has extensive experience treating small animals like dogs and cats. In terms of training, Dr. Todd Prince achieved his doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) at the University of Illinois.

When dogs reach their senior years, they have an elevated risk of diseases that can impair vision or even result in blindness. Like in humans, diabetes can give rise to blindness in canines, as can kidney problems and associated high blood pressure. Blindness in dogs caused by diabetes or other diseases can develop in the form of cataracts, which cause eye’s lens to gradually get cloudier until the point of opacity or near opacity.

Another disease causing blindness, sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) appears most often in dogs at least 8.5 years of age. It is more common in females than in males and tends to manifest in smaller breeds like the Maltese. Experts have yet to identify the precise cause of SARDS, and treatment options are limited.

Presentation and Behavior of Canine Mast Cell Tumors

A board-certified small animal veterinarian, Todd L. Prince, DVM, focuses much of his practice on cancer services for dogs and cats. Dr. Todd Prince draws on an in-depth knowledge of mast cell tumors in dogs.

The mast cell tumor, or mastocytoma, is the most common form of skin tumor found in dogs. It is not actually a cancer of the skin but of the mast cell, which grows from the bone marrow and is part of the body's inflammation and allergy response. Also found in the liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract, and even in the cell's original home in the bone marrow, the mastocytoma varies in its presentation and location.

Mastocytomas of the skin often present as a raised lump under the skin and occasionally appear red or swollen. They may grow slowly or come on suddenly and may metastasize into such structures as the lymph nodes, liver, or spleen.

Some mastocytomas appear to grow or shrink, a process that signals release of dangerous granules that grow within the tumor. These granules, when released into the body, can cause life-threatening blood pressure decreases and systemic inflammatory responses.

Owners who suspect mastocytoma can request a veterinary evaluation, which often involves a biopsy and potentially other diagnostic procedures. Such procedures can help the veterinarian to determine a course of treatment.

Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Helps Pet Owners

Since 1984, Todd L. Prince, DVM, has served as a veterinarian specializing in small animal practice. Currently, Dr. Todd Prince works on the staff of several Chicago-area organizations, including the Wheaton Animal Hospital and the Springbrook Animal Care Center. An involved professional, Dr. Todd Prince attends over 100 hours of continuing education each year and maintains memberships in organizations such as the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA).

In addition to overseeing programs and activities to enhance the knowledge and skills of veterinary professionals, ISVMA offers a variety of resources for pet owners. On its website, the organization offers guidance on how to choose both a pet and a veterinarian and provides information about pet health topics such as rabies and vaccinations.

ISVMA also provides resources to help pet owners create a disaster and emergency plan that includes their pets. Alongside its online offerings, ISVMA works with the University of Illinois to oversee a hotline to help people deal with the loss of a pet. The hotline is available on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings for those whose pets have died, been lost or stolen, or had to be placed in a new home. More information about ISVMA’s pet loss support hotline and other resources for pet owners can be found at www.isvma.org.

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