Does Your Dog Have an Eating Disorder?

The Expert Vet (11-07-2016) #5063: Eating disorders? Does your dog suffer from one? Is your dog (usually a small one) a picky eater? Is she being manipulative or is it a sign of an underlying medical condition? Nutritional disorders (and home-cooking without balancing the diet) can lead to malnutrition. Homemade diets really need to include […]

Worried About a Positive Test for Lyme Disease?

Worried About a Positive Test for Lyme Disease? Hang on!  Wait! Just because your dog tests positive for Lyme disease in the vet’s office does NOT mean you need to treat with antibiotics! My sister and two friends of mine recently took their dogs to their vets for an annual exam. All the dogs seemed […]

Immune Mediated Diseases: What You Need To Know

The Expert Vet (07-11-2016) #5061: “Immune mediated diseases” — what are they? What causes them? Why does the body trigger its own immune system to attack healthy cells and organs? MP3 Audio [11 MB]DownloadShow URL

Should You Spay But Spare Ovaries

The Expert Vet (06-21-2016) #5060: Dr. Donna and Tracie both have young female dogs for whom they want to delay spaying. Dr. Donna talks about a different way to spay a female dog by sparing the ovaries (but she doesn’t recommend it). MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Are Labs Fatter than Other Dogs?

Are Labs Fatter than Other Dogs? Are you one of those lucky people who shares his life with a loving Labrador Retriever — but you lament the chubbiness of your Lab because you know how unhealthy it is for a dog to gain weight? Have you accepted that common belief that Labs will “eat until […]

The New York Times Discovers My Sponsor Pet Anti-Breeding System!

I was enjoying a fun and funny column called “Pet City” by Andy Newman in the Sunday New York Times which was describing a whole raft of high tech and unexpected products and creations that have emerged to service the family pet.  Mr. Newman was expressing surprise and even bemusement at the myriad ways inventors […]

We’re Looking for One Lucky Chubby Dog!

Dr. Donna Spector is my co-host on our radio show The Expert Vet and she’s also the veterinary consultant for Halo pet foods, which makes the kibble I feed my own pair of canines. We’re looking for a lucky dog who is getting chubby and his people want to help him get back to his […]

Chastity Belt for Female Dogs (Delayed Spaying)

The Expert Vet (05-02-2016) #5062: A chastity belt for female dogs! On this episode Tracie presents a solution to the problem of how to keep your girl safe from getting pregnant when you delay spaying your dog — a topic she’s been talking to Dr. Donna about because of the health advantages. Tracie speaks to […]

Opening Your Heart to a New Dog After Losing One

Opening Your Heart to a New Dog After Losing One Last week I wrote about putting to sleep my very lame old girl, Jazzy, and I was deeply touched by how many people expressed their condolences. I was moved by the many people who shared their own stories of heartache in making that loving decision […]

Xena the (Halo Healthy Weight Challenge) Superstar!

Xena the (Halo Healthy Weight Challenge) Superstar! When we welcomed a darling little Pomeranian named Xena into our challenge she was not an obese doggy — just a chubby one. Luckily, her people John and Pam knew that they had let her tip the scales in the wrong direction with too many treats but they […]