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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The Expert Vet #5029 (8-04-2014)

August 5, 2014

The Expert Vet (8-04-2014) #5029: What to do if you adopt a dog like Tracie’s new Blue Weimaraner Maisie and she has horrible diarrhea when switching her to better food? Dr. Donna explains FRD (fiber responsive diarrhea in large breed young dogs) and how adding Fiber One cereal and psyllium husk powder to all meals, […]

The Expert Vet #5028 (6-30-2014)

June 30, 2014

The Expert Vet (6-30-2014) #5028: Dr Donna and Tracie swap ideas on summer dangers to outdoors dogs: killer Bufo toads (in states like FL,TX,CO,CA,AZ), even ordinary frogs and toads with toxic secretions, and snakes, bees, wildlife poop, dead rotting animals, porcupines, and skunks. It’s a fun but dangerous world out there! What to be alert […]

The Expert Vet #5027 (6-02-2014)

June 3, 2014

The Expert Vet (6-02-2014) #5027: A special show about Tracie’s youngest dog, Teddy, who died a brutally fast death (from what turned out to be lymphoma in his liver and spleen) despite every possible medical intervention. Donna discusses how a team effort is needed when animals are deathly ill, but even then it may not […]

The Expert Vet #5026 (5-05-2014)

May 6, 2014

The Expert Vet (5-05-2014) #5026: Dr. Donna talks about Fritz’s weight loss on the Halo Healthy Weight challenge and how dogs can have different body types; the truth about zoonotic disease and what illnesses we can actually catch from our pets — for example when a five-year-old had recurrent strep throat, the pediatrician suspected the […]

The Expert Vet #5025 (3-31-2014)

April 1, 2014

The Expert Vet (3-31-2014) #5025: All About Pain — Dr. Donna discusses using tylenol, NSAIDS, steroids, gabapentin, stem cell, and cold laser for pain. And now there is CanineActiv(R) — a safe, non-toxic pain reliever with a proprietary anti-inflammatory ingredient made from amino acids. MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Expert Vet #5023 (3-05-2014)

March 6, 2014

The Expert Vet (3-05-2014) #5023: Beginning a new series on managing your pet’s PAIN. Tracie and co-host, Dr. Donna Spector, welcome a new show sponsor, the all-natural anti-inflammatory CanineActiv and discuss using anti-inflammatories like Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish oil, glucosamine supplements, and adequan injections. MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Expert Vet #5024 (2-05-2014)

February 6, 2014

The Expert Vet (2-05-2014) #5024:Fritz has started on the HALO Healthy Weight challenge and Dr. Donna describes how she came up with the calorie count that has already taken nearly a pound off in a week. MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Expert Vet #5022 (1-22-2014)

January 23, 2014

The Expert Vet (1-22-2014) #5022: Dr. Donna and Tracie launch the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge and welcome Fritz, the rescue pooch from the South, who is already 8 lbs. Overweight at age 2 and wants to retain his boyish figure with Dr. Donna’s personalized diet plan for him featuring the Halo Healthy Weight kibble and […]

The Expert Vet #5021 (1-15-2014)

January 16, 2014

The Expert Vet (1-15-2014) #5021: Announcing the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge — with a lucky dog she will help to take off those extra pounds we all have come to see as “normal;” Dr. Donna talks about her patient Mila, the hyper-T kitty. MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Expert Vet #5020 (1-08-2014)

January 9, 2014

The Expert Vet (1-08-2014) #5020: Dr. Donna answers a question from Marilyn in Kentucky about her demanding kitty and recommends “meal-feeding—not free-feeding—canned food, and how to “out stubborn” a cat hooked on “kitty crack.” MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL