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 #5033 (01-05-2015)

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 be removed, but 75% of dogs have pituitary Cushings, which is actually easy to manage. However, “Cushinoid” is not a full diagnosis and — surgery or not — it is an expensive process to diagnose and treat the disease.