The Expert Vet ®

Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM, is The Expert Vet on this show for dog and cat owners and other veterinarians who need help with 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 to Halo, Purely for Pets — her TV appearances with Ellen DeGeneres — and her widely-quoted dog and cat health advice in print and on radio. Dr. Donna’s veterinary consulting service, www.SpectorDVM.com enables her to work with pet owners and their primary veterinarian, through telephone and email communication and transference of medical records, to help determine the most effective diagnosis and treatment plans. Want to get to know Dr. Donna? Go here: https://youtu.be/yW3j-_NDz2Q

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Dr. Donna Spector


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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

Keep Aging Pets Pain-Free

May 23, 2016

The Expert Vet (05-23-2016) #5059: What does your own vet not know about relieving your dog’s pain? Probably quite a bit — it takes a sub-specialist to know all the options in keeping a pet pain-free, especially as they age with chronic conditions. Dr. Mike Petty discusses the veterinary specialty of pain management in his […]

Chastity Belt for Female Dogs (Delayed Spaying)

May 2, 2016

The Expert Vet (05-02-2016) #5062: A chastity belt for female dogs! On this episode Tracie presents a solution to the problem of how to keep your girl safe from getting pregnant when you delay spaying your dog — a topic she’s been talking to Dr. Donna about because of the health advantages. Tracie speaks to […]

Over-medicated, Undiagnosed Urinary Tract Infections

March 28, 2016

The Expert Vet (03-28-2016) #5058: Urinary tract infections — UTI’s — are a mismanaged medical topic. Dr. Donna cautions that dogs are being over-medicated inappropriately with antibiotics supposedly for urinary tract infections — but they were not properly diagnosed in the first place by doing a sterile urine culture! Bacteria are becoming resistant and dogs […]