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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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 […]

Spleen tumor may not be malignant

October 26, 2015

The Expert Vet (10-26-2015) #5056: Have an older dog with a tumor on his spleen? Do not despair! And do not rush to that conclusion. Many vets assume these tumors are cancerous, but many are not — they are benign tumors that are treatable! Dr. Donna tells a story with a happy ending about Rocko, […]

Your Cat is Likely Overweight

October 12, 2015

The Expert Vet (10-12-2015) #5044: Is your cat fat? Very likely! Dr. Donna says that 88% of owners of overweight cats do not think their fat cats are fat! 8 to 10 lbs. is the ideal weight for a cat — which describes so few cats and improper feeding is the cause! Cats are obligate […]

Diabetes in Cats Man-Made Problem

September 14, 2015

The Expert Vet (09-14-2015) #5043: Diabetes in cats are a man-made problem. Cats have gone from the barnyard to the backyard to the bedroom — and they have gone from eating mice to eating “kitty crack,” as Tracie calls all dry cat food. Some cats are naturally at risk for diabetes — Russian Blue, Siamese […]

How Common: Adverse Vaccine Reactions

August 17, 2015

The Expert Vet (08-17-2015) #5042: How common are adverse vaccine reactions like the one Tracie’s Maisie suffered that put her in the ER for 24 hours? Breeds like Weimaraners and Akitas are at-risk for a bad reaction to vaccination and the 12 to 16 week age period is the most reactive. It is often other […]