The Expert Vet ®

Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM, is The Expert Vet! This show is for dog and cat owners as well as vet techs and other veterinarians, who need help diagnosing, understanding and treating complicated medical conditions and nutrition issues. The show offers detailed explanations of medical conditions and Dr. Donna’s opinion about chronic, complicated or unusual problems, advice about pain management, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and even how to avoid unnecessary vaccinations.

Dr. Donna Spector is a board-certified veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist who is also an active member of the Association of Holistic Veterinarians, knowledgeable about traditional Western medicine as well as alternative therapies and points of view. Dr. Donna is widely recognized for her role as consulting veterinarian and her widely-quoted dog and cat health advice in print and on radio. Dr. Donna practices Internal Medicine in the Northern Chicago area.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Dr. Donna Spector


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Is Broccoli Toxic to Dogs?

August 7, 2017

The Expert Vet (08-06-2017) #5073: Tracie asks Dr. Donna: “Is broccoli toxic?” because she feeds handfuls of frozen broccoli to her dogs every day as a snack! Turns out there is more than one answer to this peculiar question — a “yes” and a “no!” MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

Abuse of Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Disease

June 26, 2017

The Expert Vet (06-26-2017) #5070: Are you “abusing” antibiotics? After this show you may know more than your vet about over-use and mis-use of antibiotics for urinary tract disease. Bacteria seen in the yearly urine culture does NOT require treatment! Use a non-confrontational approach to questioning or addressing your vet’s treatment choice and suggest that […]

Can Dogs Give Kids Strep Throat?

May 8, 2017

The Expert Vet (05-08-2017) #5069: Can your dog can give your kids strep throat? No! Strep throat does spread between people, even healthy ones who can be carriers, but pediatricians mistakenly tell parents the family dog is how their child got strep throat. The strep present in dogs’ throats is a different strain from the […]

Intra-Species Research Seredipity Provides Unexpected Cures

March 27, 2017

The Expert Vet (03-27-2017) #5067: Guest Dr. Terry Beardsley is not an “expert vet” but rather a research scientist searching for remedies to human medical challenges who has managed to find dramatic cures for animals along the way. Dr. Beardsley started out looking for a cure for human AIDS, using cats that already had FIV […]

How To Manage Feline Urinary Tract Issues

February 6, 2017

THE EXPERT VET (02-06-2017) #5066: Cat pee got you down? Urinary tract issues are manageable and not a reason to give up on your cat! Dr. Donna talks about how FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease) can be managed. Tracie mentions that “Precious Cat Health Monitor Litter” is one way to do that and hopes […]

10 Tips to Prevent Bloat

January 3, 2017

The Expert Vet (01-02-2017) #5065: Top 10 tips to prevent bloat — the deadly intestinal condition that affects giant breed dogs and those with deep chests. Dr. Donna describes the warning signs of bloat and gives suggestions of ways to lower your dog’s risk factors and tips on prevention (spoiler alert: elevated feeders are actually […]

Importance of Annual Blood Work

November 21, 2016

The Expert Vet (11-21-2016) #5064: Annual blood work from your cat or dog can save or extend their life. The vital importance of doing blood work every year (and twice a year for senior pets) can find abnormalities before they become serious health issues — and early detection means easier management. With young dogs you […]

Does Your Dog Have an Eating Disorder?

November 7, 2016

The Expert Vet (11-07-2016) #5063: Eating disorders? Does your dog suffer from one? Is your dog (usually a small one) a picky eater? Is she being manipulative or is it a sign of an underlying medical condition? Nutritional disorders (and home-cooking without balancing the diet) can lead to malnutrition. Homemade diets really need to include […]

Immune Mediated Diseases: What You Need To Know

July 11, 2016

The Expert Vet (07-11-2016) #5061: “Immune mediated diseases” — what are they? What causes them? Why does the body trigger its own immune system to attack healthy cells and organs? MP3 Audio [11 MB]DownloadShow URL

Should You Spay But Spare Ovaries

June 20, 2016

The Expert Vet (06-21-2016) #5060: Dr. Donna and Tracie both have young female dogs for whom they want to delay spaying. Dr. Donna talks about a different way to spay a female dog by sparing the ovaries (but she doesn’t recommend it). MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL