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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All About Lyme Disease

April 27, 2015

The Expert Vet (04-28-2015) #5037: LYME DISEASE — The first step is topical protection like Vectra 3D, then check for ticks after every walk. Get a urine sample looking for protein if you get a Lyme-positive test — and a quantitative blood test to determine whether the level is high but do not simply (mis)use […]

Dog Flu Sweeping Through Chicago

April 15, 2015

Have you heard about the brand new H3N2 dog flu sweeping through Chicago and sickening and killing dogs? It may actually be worse than you think: round-the-clock testing has unveiled that this heretofore unknown canine influenza was originally an avian flu that made a “mammalian adaptation” and has been infecting dogs and cats in Asia […]

Hidden Allergies in Dogs

March 16, 2015

The Expert Vet (03-16-2015) #5036: Guest co-host Dr Tiffany Margolin — an integrative/holistic vet in the Santa Barbara area — discusses hidden allergies in dogs and ways to treat the symptoms. Discussing the SPOT Platinum test and how to utilize it she cites “bio individuality” and what each dog or person’s body responds to: “Don’t […]

The Expert Vet #5035 (03-02-2015)

March 3, 2015

The Expert Vet (03-02-2015) #5035: Dr. Donna focuses on elevated liver enzymes, an often overlooked aspect of a blood test that is critical, especially for an older dog. A test showing an even slightly elevated ALT is very serious and she recommends using supplements that offer essential liver support like Denamarin, with a long track […]

The Expert Vet #5034 (01-26-2015)

January 26, 2015

The Expert Vet (01-26-2015) #5034: Cindy’s young Lab Addy has had urinary problems since she as a very young puppy and now is on medication for leakiness — and has side effects from it and still is leaky. Is Proin the right drug? Is the dose right? Dr. Donna explains how the most effective treatment […]

The Expert Vet #5033 (01-05-2015)

January 5, 2015

The Expert Vet (01-05-2015) #5033: Dr. Donna explains Cushings Disease, the not uncommon old age disease in which dogs become “walking ottomans,” with a voracious appetite and weight gain, a pot belly that can almost drag, and drinking and peeing in overdrive. Adrenal Cushings comes from a malignant growth on the adrenal gland that can […]

The Expert Vet #5032 (12-01-2014)

December 1, 2014

The Expert Vet (12-01-2014) #5032: Real life examples from Dr. Donna Spector of how “early detection saves lives” (Tracie explains that Dr. Donna will be coming to New York City next October to be at the roundtable discussion at the Dog Film festival — with Dr. Sue from THE PET CANCER VET and Dr. Patrick […]

The Expert Vet #5031 (11-3-2014)

November 3, 2014

The Expert Vet  (11-3-2014) #5031: Dr. Donna talks about a Yorkie diagnosed with “heartburn” but still having symptoms and explains what the dog’s real problem is — GIRD (gastrointestinal reflux disease) — and how to manage it. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Expert Vet #5030 (10-6-2014)

October 6, 2014

The Expert Vet (10-6-2014) #5030: Mark from CanineActiv joins Dr. Donna to talk about why this all-natural pain reliever is helping dogs like Tracie’s old pooch Jazzy, without the dangers of NSAID’s; Donna discusses MRSA/MRSP infections and and the difference between the two, as in the MRSP recurrent infection Heather’s Weimaraner Gretel in Texas suffered from, as […]

The Expert Vet #5023 (9-15-2014)

September 15, 2014

The Expert Vet (9-15-2014) #5023: The Expert Vet (9-15-2014) #5023: “Pain 101” Donna explains the basics of pain management and how older dogs like Tracie’s Scooby & Jazzy — with terrible arthritis — have to be managed with multi-modal approach using various supplements, medications and interventions together. MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL