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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Danger of Elevated Liver Enzymes

The Expert Vet (05-25-2015) #5040: Teresa wrote in to ask about elevated liver enzymes (high ALT) in her standard poodle and whether he needed a biopsy. Dr. Donna says Yes! and explains why elevated liver enzymes really matter in a blood test. If the levels remain high over time, you have to consider a liver biopsy even (especially) on a seemingly healthy young dog, who could ultimately have fatal liver failure if not addressed at a young age. Tracie discusses the value and reliability of Denamarin as a supportive supplement.