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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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 […]

Warning Tale (about tumors) with Happy Ending

February 1, 2016

The Expert Vet (02-01-2016) #5056: A warning tale (with a happy ending) about jumping to conclusions about an old dog with a tumor on the spleen. It may not be life-threatening! Many vets assume it is cancer and way too many dogs get euthanized “on the spot”.   Dr. Donna tells the story of a 12 […]

New Thinking about Spaying/Neutering

January 4, 2016

The Expert Vet (01-04-2016) #5055: Reproductive issues: Dr. Donna talks about changes in thinking about spaying and neutering at six months because of scientific evidence about the increased incidence of orthopedic disease and cancer in spayed/neutered dogs.  She discusses when to consider hysterectomy in females vs. tubal ligation, or vasectomy in males as opposed to […]

Allergies in Dogs (Cause/Treatment)

November 23, 2015

The Expert Vet (11-23-2015) #5057: Allergy and immune testing specialist Mervyn Levin from SPOT Platinum describes how allergies occur in dogs and how immuno-therapy works to reduce allergic reactions, be it in one of the 49 countries for which they have developed an allergy panel, or in one of the 12 geographic regions of the […]