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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 20, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergic to grad and his own hair

Question:Is there something I can give my 4 year old schnauzer boy that will stop brea outs and constant scratching?? We've used benedryl but it's not enough.

Answer:You should probably have local vet exam and allergy workup, as most likely cause is doggy hayfever, otherwise known as Canine atopy, which is allergies to molds, grasses, trees, dander, house dust mites, pollens, etc. Sometimes secondary bacterial or yeast infections are present from the underlying allergies, which also may need prescription meds. I would start oral fatty acid like Be Well from 1800petmeds. Ask vet about new prescription safe allergy meds like apoquel and Cytopoint

Date: Jan 18, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: skin itches

Question:she is on royal canin hydrolyzed protein adult hp dog food

Answer:If that is not helping after several months, you could ask your vet about alternative food allergy diet or protein from that same company. Sometimes a different novel protein can be tried. Also ask your vet about new injection available for dogs with allergies called ADI/Cytopoint, which you can look up on line

Date: Jan 15, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: dry skin itching

Question:been on apoquel 5.4 mg doesnt seem to help wasting money and getting baths 2x wk with equishield ch hc shampoo for dry skin. my dog is 12 yrs old and a shih tsu.any new ideas

Answer:Best to see vet for recheck to make sure no secondary bacterial or yeast infection present that also might need to be addressed from underlying allergies. Sometimes food trials with novel protein or what is called hydrolyzed protein diets are needed as well which also can be discussed with vet

Date: Jan 13, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Infection

Question:I have an Olde English Bulldog and I noticed his ears have been really red and he has been itching them occasionally and he has been having some yellow wax in his ear. I dont know what to use because I dont want to make his ears worse is there a medicine that can help clear this up?

Answer:You can try Zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds. If no help see vet for exam and evaluation of discharge under microscope to see if overgrowth of yeast or bacteria and for proper topical medication

Date: Jan 10, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tear Stains

Question:For many years my shih-tzu has been treated with prednisone in the spring and summer for allergies. This year when the prescription ended, he developed stains from his tears, saliva, and anywhere he has sweat glands. I would like to try the oral Angel's Eyes natural tear stain soft chews to stop this unsightly problem. Does this product interact with other medicines? If so, which ones?

Answer:I have not seen this problem interact with other meds, however I have also not always found it helpful either for pets with tear stains. Some vets have used prescription tylan powder which you can also ask your vet about

Date: Jan 9, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: side effects of medication Aquapol??/

Question:Dear Dr. I've had my cat on & off preselone fffffffor a few years now..I was told by my vet to try Atopica.....it worked for a while, but now I think only makes her condition worse...took her off and immediately put her back on Predneselone. Some lovely person at your co. recommended Aquapel? I think I've mis-spelled it...ddoes it have any possible side effects??

Answer:Apoquel is not yet approved for cats, however some veterinary dermatologists to use it off label in cats. I would ask your local vet for referral to veterinary dermatologist in your area who can tell you if apoquel might be appropriate for your cat

Date: Jan 9, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ..

Question:My mums dog is scratching his self raw, he is also biting, & its starting to look painful he is moaning when he scratches & bites his self, before all this happened she gave him flea tablets to treat his fleas but we think he's had a reaction to the flea tablets..he has gone bold & painfully red at the bottom of his back above his tail its getting worse I'm not sure what to buy for him?

Answer:I Would not assume reaction to flea tablets you gave. He could have other allergies including inhalant/contact allergies and/or food allergies, as well as secondary bacterial or yeast infection. I would recommend veterinary exam and evaluation to look for these possibilities that may need to be addressed. I would recommend adding fatty acid to meals such as nordic naturals pet omega 3 from 1800petmeds.

Date: Jan 5, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Relief for Allergies

Question:Our carin terrier has bare spots on her side. Our vet has told to just give her clartin because theres nothing more she can do unless she were to draw blood then we wouls have to take to a vet that specializies in allergies. I have read that carin terrier have skin problems. My kids are concerned about their dog. What should we do?

Answer:I would see vet and address underlying likely inhalent contact allergies in this breed known as canine atopy, which I call doggy hay fever. Sometimes secondary bacterial infections occur which may need prescription antibiotics. Newer allergy meds like apoquel and atopica may be options for you at vet to address underlying allergies

Date: Jan 5, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: A question about allergies

Question:A question about allergies...

Answer:What is question ?

Date: Jan 3, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies

Question:My Dog Has Been Intermittently Vomiting She Also Keeps Chewing On Her Paws. Lack Of Appitite. Not Lethargic. Still Drinking Enough Water. More Pooping Than Usual But Not Diarrhea. Could This Be Allergies And What Should I Do About This

Answer:Many possibilities in this case. Needs full workup at local vet to help sort issues out and best treatment

Date: Jan 2, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Steroids

Question:I Have Two 18 Month Old Min Pins' That Are From The Same Litter (sisters). Cookie (black And Tan) Does Not Have Any Issues, Her Sister Cocoa (brown And Tan) Has Allergy Problems. Our Vet Has Her On Steroids (temeral.p) (a Third Of A Tablet) And Generic Benedryl. She Was Taking A Antibiotic And An Anti-fungal Up To About A Month Ago. Stopping The Antibiotic And Anti-fungal Does Not Appear To Have Any Effects. About Every Three Days I Give Cocoa A Bath Using Melapet. After The Bath I Spray Her With An Antiseptic/antifungal Spray (veterinary Formula Clinical Care.) The Weather Here Is Cold So Her Coat Is Good. When It Gets Warm It Appears That She Has Issues With The Environment. She Looses The Fur On Her Paws And Neck And Belly. But She Does Not Loose Any Fur On Her Back Side Below Her Tail. Which I Find Strange. The Fenced In Back Yard Is Bermuda Grass With Some Weeds, We Keep It Cut Pretty Short. We Live On 2.5 Acres But The Fence In Area That She Runs In Is About 100 Feet By 75 Feet. I Received An Email From 1800petmeds That Mentioned A Non Steroid Medication That Can Be Given Every Day And Eventually Every 3 To 4 Days. I Would Like To Get Her Off The Steroids Because Of Possible Future Health Issues. Unfortunately I Can Not Locate The Email Or The Reference To The Medication. Can You Provide Me With The Name Of The Medication So I Can Ask My Vet.

Answer:The drug you are asking about is known as atopica, which is oral cyclosporine approved for dogs. I would also ask vet about new drug called apoquel, as well as monthly injection called ADI or Cytopoint, which you can look up on line. The apoquel and cytopoint is great for allergies without the side effects of steroids. Also put the dogs on good omega 3 fatty acid to help long term such as Be Well from 1800petmeds

Date: Jan 1, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic Ear Infections In Chocolate Lab

Question:I Spend Lots Of Money Going To The Vet With A Ear Infection In My Lab. The Vet Never Looks On The Ear With An Otoscope Cultures It And Then Gives Us A Fungal Irrigation Solution And A Ear Drop Solution Otomax. It Works But As Soon As I Stop It Comes Back Only In One Ear. We Are On Grainfree Food As Well. He Is An Inside Dog That Gets To Run With My Husband As He Is A Distance Runner, So Does Get In Grasses And Ditches....but Again It Is Only In One Ear. I Want To Try The Enzyme Ear Drops. It Worry About The Eardrum Not Being Intact. Ideas?

Answer:Need to have second opinion from different vet in your area to evaluate ear drum with otoscope before applying additional ear meds. Other vet can evaluate ear discharge under microscope to see if overgrowth of yeast and/or bacteria. You also should address underlying potential allergies, even if only in one ear, as allergies can occur in one ear.

Date: Dec 30, 2016
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: For Allergic Treatment

Question:Dear Sir, We Have One Month Dog... That Suffers With Very Much Itching. Please Suggest Me Correct Medication.. Thank You Sir.

Answer:At This Young Age, It Is Best To Take This Pup To Local Vet For Proper Exam And Diagnosis And Appropriate Treatment

Date: Dec 25, 2016
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Food Allergies Recommended Food

Question:I Have A Cat That Is Allergic To Beef, Turkey,Rabbit, Pork, Eggs And Yeast. What Cat Foods Would You Recommend For Her Or Would It Better To Make Home Made Car Food For Her? The Hypoallergenic Cat Food Brands I Have Looked At Either Have Eggs And/or Yeast In Them.

Answer:I Much Prefer Home Made Foods In Cats, But They Must Be Properly Balanced. See The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, As Well As Dr Pitcairn's Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd. You Can Also Consult With Vet Nutritionist At Website Www.balanceit.com

Date: Dec 12, 2016
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itching

Question:My+3+year+old+portuguese+water+dog+only+itches+in+the+winter+when+the+heat+turns+on.++is+there+something+i+can+give+him+to+stop+the+itching?++he+has+no+loss+of+hair+or+hot+spots.++

Answer:Sounds Like Seasonal Allergies In Dog, Which Is What I Call Doggy Hayfever. I Would Consider Oral Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily, As Well As Adding Fatty Acid To Meals Such As Be Well From 1800petmeds. See Vet For Allergy Workup If Signs Persist Or Worsen


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