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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How Common: Adverse Vaccine Reactions

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 elements in a particular vaccine — the adjuvants — which the dog can have a reaction to (and some can actually die on the spot in the doctor’s office from an anaphylactic reaction, but it’s less than 1%). Titer testing can be done to determine whether a dog has sufficient antibodies without further vaccination, however the Vaccicheck test has to be administered at the right point.