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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Detecting Kidney Disease Early

September 24, 2018

The Expert Vet (09-24-2018) #7058: Dr. Donna talks about a ground-breaking new test to identify early kidney disease in cats, the SDMA marker. MP3 Audio [8 MB]DownloadShow URL

Bladder Stones and Infections in Dogs

May 21, 2018

The Expert Vet (05-21-2018) #5077: Dogs and bladder stones: Dr. Donna Spector fills you in on everything you need to know. Bladder stones and infections go hand-in-hand. Bladder infections are common in dogs — especially overweight females — and the condition does require antibiotics. This is a condition where it is recommended to manipulate the […]

Urinary Crystals in Cats

May 7, 2018

The Expert Vet (05-07-2018) #5076: Urinary Crystals in Cats: a real problem or not? Dr. Donna explains that urinary crystals are the biggest health issue in cats — and caused by stress factors like a multi-cat household, a dog in the home, a lack of environmental enrichment, a diet of dry food, and a cat […]

Diets for Cancer Patients

March 6, 2018

The Expert Vet (03-05-2018) #5075: Can a change in diet help a dog who is being treated for cancer? Dr. Donna talks about diets for cancer patients and what sorts of foods to include. She recommends BalanceIT as a supplement and the high quality human grade ingredients in raw dehydrated meals like The Honest Kitchen. […]

Deadly Potential of C-DIFF Bacteria

December 25, 2017

The Expert Vet (12-25-2017)V #5074: C-DIFF and the prevalence of these bacteria throughout our bodies and our pets’ bodies — but once on antibiotics, the C DIFF can take over and be deadly. Probiotics do not restore the good intestinal bacteria but amazingly, “fecal transplants” (poop enemas) can completely cure the problem! MP3 Audio [11 […]

Skin Problems, Flaking Skin, Hair Loss

December 4, 2017

THE EXPERT VET (12-04-2017) #5072: Dr. Donna discusses skin problems, in particular the questions from a listener about her Yorkie who has flaking skin and hair loss — and is scratching so much the health of his skin is compromised. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

All About Vestibular Disease

September 25, 2017

The Expert Vet (09-25-2017) #5071: An animal with vestibular disease (the vestibular system keeps us upright and walking straight) will have a head tilt, eye roll, will vocalize and/or be unable to get up. It all looks terrible but is actually common and not something to worry about because it will all resolve over time. […]

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 […]