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.

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Urinary Crystals in Cats

The Expert Vet (05-07-2018) #5076: Urinary Crystals in Cats: a real problem or not? Dr. Donna explains that urinary crystals are the biggest health issue in cats — and caused by stress factors like a multi-cat household, a dog in the home, a lack of environmental enrichment, a diet of dry food, and a cat being overweight and sedentary (which can be the effect of the previous two stress factors!). What do urinary crystals actually mean for a cats health? Are they a problem that must be dealt with aggressively? Are special diets needed? The bigger disease here is called idiopathic cystitis (or FUS or FIC or Pandora syndrome…lots of names) which is when cats show up at the vet because they are straining to urinate. Dr. Donna explains, “Vets often want to point a finger at ‘a culprit,’ with crystals often being the easy out. But crystals themselves are NOT the main issue. Moisture in the diet from feeding species-appropriate meat-based wet food provides the fluids they need. As they told us in vet school, ‘Dilution is the solution to the pollution.’”