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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jan 18, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Test

Question:Test Question

Answer:Test Answer

Date: Jan 8, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Muscle Cramps

Question:My 6 year Lab was recently diagnosed with Addison's, and was prescribed both Prednidolone and Fludrocortisone. A couple of weeks after beginning the drugs she began having what appear to be muscle cramps in her front legs. She suddenly yelps with pain and does not put her weight on the affected limb. The pain goes away within a couple of minutes, but recurs later. Do you think this problem is a result of either the Addison's itself, or one of the medications? If so, what should be done to address this problem? Thanks for your help.

Answer:Does not sound like due to drugs or Addisons disease. May have another issue going on of which sounds like could be nerve injury or disc in neck. I would recommend vet exam and evaluation and possibly x rays if indicated

Date: Jan 3, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Care

Question:Ok I Have A Cat That Sneezes, Has Diearrea Light Brown Watery Uses The Bath Room Alot And Is Skinny ..no Mood Change Playful Actived Eats Alot Drinks Alot Very Loveable Idk What Could Be Wrong

Answer:Many possibilities which would need full blood workup and evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment plan

Date: Jan 2, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Barking Whining And Howling

Question:For The Past Week My Male Husky Has Been Barking Whining And Howling Almost All Day And Night. He Has Food And Water We Play With Him And Walk Him But Nothing Is Helping. We Have Other Huskies And Have No Problems With Them And He's With Them As Well. What Are Some Suggestions As He Keeps Us Up All Night?

Answer:Many possibilities here. Before assuming it is simply behavioral or anxiety I think you should have complete medical evaluation at local vet and blood workup if necessary to rule out underlying medical conditions here.

Date: Dec 31, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting

Question:My Pet Scoots A Lot - I Have Tried Different Brands Of Dog Food But Notice No Difference. She Is On Apoquel For Allergies, But The Scooting Started Before The Pills. Any Suggestons?

Answer:I would have vet check to make sure no anal gland impactions or infections, as anal glands need to be checked and expressed. See vet for recheck on allergies as maybe additional allergy meds and/or antibiotics are needed.

Date: Dec 29, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Soft Bump On Dogs Arm

Question:I Noticed My Dogs Arm Has A Soft Bump It Looks Kinda Red. I Don't Know What It Is And If Its Dangerous.

Answer:You Need To Have Veterinary Exam If You Are Concerned About It, For Proper Exam And Evaluation Including Needle Aspiration Of The Bump

Date: Dec 29, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Safety

Question:Are Infrared Heat Lamps Harmful To Feral Cats?

Answer:Not That I Know Of

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Travel

Question:I Will Be Traveling For 4 Days For The First Time With 2 Cats With Their Own Cage. One Is 7 & Other Is 2 1/2 Yrs Old. what Type Of (or Name Of) Sedative Do I Purchase From My Vet & How Much Do I Need? And What Else Do I Need To Know Thank You

Answer:You Would Need To Have A Proper Vet Exam At Your Local Vet, Who Can Best Prescribe The Right Medication, Based On Their Age And Medical History. I Have Found The Prescription Medication Trazadone Helpful In These Circumstances In Recent Use, And You Could Ask Vet About That. You Can Also Try Natural Calming Agents Be Serene And Composure From 1800petmeds

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Dog Reacts To A Specific Sound

Question:I Have A Notification Sounds In My Phone And My Dog Hates It. When.is Goes Off She Starts To Shake. She Then Gets Really Close To Someone. For Example, If We Were Sitting On The Couch And The Sound Went Off, She Would Try To Get Up On The Couch Along With Us And Sit On My Lap. I'm Not Sure Why She Is Acting This Way. Today I Was Looking For A New Notification Sound And I Clicked That Particular One She Dislikes On Accident. I Was Laying In Bed So She Got Up And Tried To Sit On My Face And Then She Wanted To Go Outside. So I Let Her Go And She Went Around Sniffing And After A Couple Minutes Shr Hid Under The Deck. She Refused To Come When She Was Called.

Answer:Not Sure Of Your Question. Obviously The Frequency Or Vibration Of This Sound Is Disturbing To Her. You Can Try Natural Calming Agents Such As Be Serene Or Composure From 1800petmeds. If You Are Concerned, Always Best To See Vet For Exam And Evaluation

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomit

Question:I Have A Chibuahua 7 Years Old I Recently Changed Dog Food Variety To Lamb. He Vomited 5 Times Hours Later. How Do I Comfort His Stomach?

Answer:You Can Try Pepcid Ac At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Once To Twice Daily. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Best To See Vet Asap.

Date: Dec 27, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lethargic

Question:I Have A 6 Yr Old Male Lhasapoo. Four Days Ago He Became Lethargic,Lost Appetite And Did Not Want To Do Anything But Lay Around. He Would Cry Out Loud If He Tried To Jump Up On The Sofa. He Yelps Loudly When He Tries To Bark.he Will Eat If We Hand Feed Him And He Will Drink Water. He Is Urinating And Defacating But Not As Much As Normal.i Cannot Afford To Take Him To A Vet Here. Please Help With Advice If You Can.

Answer:There Is Not Much I Can Suggest For These Nonspecific Symptoms At Home, As There Are Many Possibilities In Case Like This, And I Cant Make Recommendations On This Without Proper Vet Exam At Least

Date: Dec 27, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is This Poisonous

Question:My 9 Year Old 15 Lbs Miniature Dachshund Just Ate 1/2 Cherry Pie. Aside From Getting Sick From Sheer Volume Is It Poisonous To Him And Is There Something I Can Give Him To Ease Any Symptoms.

Answer:By Time You See My Answer, There Is Nothing You Can Do For This At Home. If You Are Concerned, Then Best To Take To Vet For Proper Exam And Evaluation

Date: Dec 26, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting Onset Late On Friday, 12/23/16, Dog Snatched Up Something From Under Leaves While Doing A Late Leash Walk To Potty,

Question:Our Dog Is About 54 Lbs, Australian Sheepdog, Cattle Dog Mix That We Rescued 6 Years Ago. I Am Sure It Was Cat Poop From The Neighbors Cats Coming Over To Our Yard. In The Late Night Before Midnight, She Vomited All The Food She Had Eaten The Prior Evening. None Of It Was Digested And There Was No Sign Of Bile. But There Was 3 Brown Leaves And Some Other Signs Of Leaves In Her Vomit. The Following Morning, She Ate Her Breakfast, She Went Out Like Normal, Seemed A Bit Listless, But Did A 20 Min. Walk And Peed As Usual And Also Had Bowel Movement, Usually She Does More Than One, With The Last One Looking Less Normal, More Soft. We Had To Be Gone That Day And Didn't Get Home Until 4 Pm. She Had No Signs Of Vomiting In The House When We Returned. We Took Her Out But She Didn't Want To Do Her Usual 15-20 Min Walk In The Neighborhood. We Fed Her Her Usual Dinner, And We Also Did Another Couple Of Walks Short Because She Wasn't Inclined To Walk. She Peed, As Usual, And Had A Small Bowel Movement, Later We Took Her Out About 9 Pm, And She Didn't Want To Leave Her Yard, So We Stayed Around In Our Large Yard. She Seemed To Sleep Fine, And Around 10 Pm, I Heard Her Scratching And Seeming Restless In Her Crate. (she Sleeps In Her Crate With The Door To It Open). I Got Up To See If She Needed Water, Or Anything, She Had Water, So I Went To The Guest Bath Near The Door Of The Hall Her Crate Is In, And There She Had Vomited In Front Of The Toilet, Twice, Like Two Meals That Were Not Digested At All. So, I Thought Her Digestion Was Irritated By Ingesting The Leaves With The Cat Poop. However, This Morning, She Is Regurgitating Water Sometimes A While After She Drinks It, Or Sometimes Sooner After She Drinks It. I Gave Her Only A Teaspoons Of White Rice And Chicken Broth And A Few Specks Of Very Finely Chopped Chicken Breast. Twice. The First Time She Kept It Down For Several Hours, Then She Wanted Water And I Put Ice And 1/4 Cup Of Her Water For Her, She Quickly Drank The Water, But Then She Threw Up The Water, And After That About 30 Minutes Later She Threw Up The Rice Mixture. She Has Now Thrown Up All Of That By 4 Pm Today 12/26/16, So I Only Gave Her A Couple Of Tsp Of Water Around 4:45. I Spoke With A Vet On Call In Our Area Earlier, And She Seemed Okay At That Early Time At 10 Am. I Am Hoping My Vet Will Be Back In The Office Tomorrow. The On Call Vet Said I Could Give Her 1 Tbsp Of Pepto Bismol, But She Does Not Take Any Kinds Of Medications Easily. They Have To Be Put In Pill Pockets Or Peanut Butter Or Cream Cheese For Her To Even Take Them. I Used To Be Able To Give Them To Her Manually, But As She Grew Up, She Will No Longer Allow Me To Hold Her Head Or Manually Open Her Mouth Without Biting Me. i Am Worried About Her Getting Dehydrated Over Night, Since Everytime She Drinks The Smallest Amount Of Liquid, Broth Or Water, It Comes Back Up In A Short Period Of Time. any Advice On How To Make Her More Comfortable Until I Can See A Vet Tomorrow?

Answer:You Probably Have Seen A Vet By Now, But In Future, You Could Always Try Pepcid Ac At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Twice Daily, However If She Is Not Holding Anything Down, There May Be Nothing You Can Do At Home, Until You Have Seen Vet For Workups And/or Injectable Therapies.

Date: Dec 26, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Liver Enlarged

Question:My Vet Has Tried Everything To Bring Enzymes Down To Normal Levels. We Have Already Done A Needle Biopsy & No Cancer. She Is 13 1/2 Years Old & Shows No Other Signs Which Could Lead To A Cushings Conclusion. She Is On Denamarin. My Vet Is At A Loss As To What Could Be Causing This & I Am Hopeful You Might Be Able To Be Helpful

Answer:You Should Consult With A Holistic Vet Trained In Classical Homeopathy Or Chinese Medicine. Many Vets Offer Phone Consultations. To Learn More See My Website Www.doctordym.com As Well As The Vet Referral List On Www.drpitcairn.com You Could Also Ask Your Local Vet For Referral To Vet Internist Or Specialist In Your Area To See If Anything Else Can Be Done On The Traditional Side Of Things

Date: Dec 25, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Something Is Not Right With My Dog

Question:I Am Having My Step Daughter Watch My 6 Yr Old Shep/rott Dog. In A Month He Has Lost 4 1/2 Pounds, Had 2 Seizures In Two Days, And Has Now Started To Pee And Poop On My Bed. My Dog Only Has Seizures When He Is Feed Human Food. Which She Has Stated He Hasn't Had None. My Daughter Was With Him All Night Last Night And Stated He Shook All Night And Not From Seizures. Is She Possibly Doing Something To My Dog Or Possibly Hurting Him? He Has Never Ever Went To The Bathroom On My Bed And Hasn't Had A Seizure In Almost A Yr.

Answer:He Needs To Have Vet Recheck And Possibly Blood Workup To Make Sure On Underlying Causes That Could Be Involved With Recent Flareup Of Seizures. If Seizures Persist Or Recur, And Nothing Found On Vet Workup, Then Seizure Meds Such As Phenobarbitol Or Potassium Bromide May Be Needed


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