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Dr. Michael Dym
Dr. Michael Dym
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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: 11/11/16
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stone

Question:My Small Dog Was Diagnosed With A Bladder Stone And The Dr Wants To Do Surgery With In A Week To Remove The Stone. Would It Be Beneficial To Try Medication Or Diet To Dissolve The Stone Before Proceeding With Surgery?

Answer:The Answers To This Would Depend On Type Of Stone That Is Present, And/or If Bacterial Infection Is Present As Determined By Urine Analysis And Urine Culture. Stones Such As Calcium Oxylate Stones Are Not Helped By Diet.

Date: 11/03/16
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder And Kidney Stones

Question:My Pug Has Been Diagnosed With Both Bladder And Kidney Stones. She Is Scheduled For Stone Removal From The Bladder. Is This Going To Be Helpful In The Long Run Considering The Kidney Stones Are Not Being Removed At This Time? I Simply Cannot Afford The $5,000 Quote To Have The Kidney Stones Removed At A University Hospital.

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Veterinary Specialist Or Internist In Your Area Who Can Offer You Specific Opinion As To Whether To Proceed With Surgery, If Dietary Dissolving Of Stones Is Possible, Etc

Date: 04/16/16
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Calcium Oxalate Stones

Question:My Havanese Just Had His 3rd Bladder Stone Surgery. The Stones Are Calcium Oxalate. No Signs Of Bladder Or Urinary Tract Infections. The Stones Came Back In 4 Months. What Specific Foods Can He Eat? Any Packaged Treats? He's Started The Hills Ud With Potassium Citrate Granules That I Add. Any Other Suggestions?

Answer:This Is Tough One, As These Stones Are Hard To Prevent With Diet. I Would Consult With A Veterinary Nutritionist At The Website Www.balanceit.com

Date: 11/17/14
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stones

Question:Do Bladder Stones Aways Need To Be Removed Surgerally

Answer:Not All Bladder Stones Need To Be Removed Surgically. Some Can Be Dissolved With Diet, Depending On The Type Of Stone Or Crystals.

Date: 05/01/14
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stones

Question:I Have A 14 Year Old Golden Retriever That Has Been Diagnosed With A Bladder Stone. He Is Infection Free After A Round Of Antibiotics And Exhibiting No Discomfort At This Time. I Feel He Is Too Old And Frail For Surgery And The Vet Is Recommending It. Are There Any Other Options At This Time?

Answer:Try Royal Canine So From Your Vet As Food To Help Prevent Further Stone Growth And Development

Date: 04/23/14
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stone

Question:My Bichon-shitzu 8 Year Old Male Puppy (kobi) Just Had A Marble Sized Jagged Stone Removed From His Bladder After He Was Peeing Blood And The Xray Showed The Stone. I Am Very Concerned He May Create Another Stone - It Is Still Being Analyzed So I Haven't Met With The Vet Again Yet. What Foods Should Be Avoided To Prevent Another Stone? He Was Eating Royal Canin Satiety ... With Some Turkey, Roast Beef And A Little Cheese Every Day...

Answer:Answers Would Depend On Exact Stone Analysis. Wait For Report To Come Back. Some Good Commercial Diets Like Royal Canine S/o Food Often Effective.

Date: 10/06/13
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stones / Blocked Urethra

Question:Xrays Show That My 10 Year Old Bichon Has Several Bladder Stones. One Large Stone That Had Blocked The Urethra Did Dislodge Back Into The Bladder. She Needs Surgery This Week; Unfortunately I Think The Urethra Is Again Blocked. It Is Sunday Morning And She Has Not Urinated In 12 Hours. Are We Safe To Wait Until Monday , Or Should We Go Back To The Er?

Answer:Need To Go Back To Er To See If She Needs Urinary Catheter.

Date: 03/20/13
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cosequin

Question:My 10 Year Old Dog Has Had Two Bladder Stone Surgeries And Is On A Special Dog Food For The Problem. Recently He Is Having Problems With Mobility And I Would Like To Purchase Chewable Cosequin Tablets For Him, But I Am Worried If It Safe With His Bladder Stone Problem. What Is Your Opinion? T

Answer:It Would Depend Upon Type Of Bladder Stone. Maybe Consider Other Joint Supplements Such As Proanthozone And Omega 3 Fatty Acid Like Nordic Naturals From 1800petmeds. Also Yucca Intensive May Help As Well.

Date: 12/22/12
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stones

Question:Could You Tell Me What To Avoid In My Pets Diet To Help Control And/or Prevent Bladder Stones From Forming?

Answer:This Is Great Question But No One Really Knows All Of The Definitive Factors Involved In Stone Formation. Metabolic And Genetic Issues Are Involved. I Would Strongly Recommend A More Holistic Life Style For Your Pet, Including More Natural Diets, Holistic Flea And Tick Alternatives And Perhaps Chronic Constitutional Homeopathic Prescribing To Improve Overall Health And Well Being. To Learn More About Homeopathy See Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As My Website Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Offer Phone Consultations. A Great Book To Start With Is Dr Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd. Have A Great Holiday And Let Me Know If I Can Help Further.

Date: 11/07/12
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bladder And Kidney Stones

Question:My 8 Year Old Calico Had Emergency Bladder Surgery In June Of 2012 To Remove 3 Bladder Stones. One Month Later She Developed A Stone In The Kidney. I Have Changed Her Diet To The Recommended Ur Moist Cat Food From The Vet. She Does Not Like It At All. Now Here We Are 4 Months Later And She Is Coughing Up Small Amounts Of Light Pink Bloody Fluid. She Is Currently Not Eating Or Drinking Anything. I Am Concerned That The Vet Is Taking Me For A Ride On All The Procedures For Her. Is This Going To Be An Ongoing Issue For Her? How Can I Make Her Food Seem Enticing Enough For Her To Eat? How Frequent Can Antibiotics Be Given Until They No Longer Work For Her? Can You Give Me Any Help Or Some New Insight?

Answer:If Your Pet Is Not Eating Or Drinking, And Coughing Up Bloody Fluid Then There Is Something Else Going On Besides A Kidney Stone. There May Be A Secondary Infection Or Other Diagnosis That Has Not Been Revealed Yet. May Want To Consider Referral To Vet Specialist In Internal Medicine In Your Area And/or Abdominal Ultrasound To Find Out What Is Going On. As For Foods, I Prefer Fresh Natural Based Diets, Preferably Canned Foods Like Pet Guard, Which You Can Find On Line. Also Consider Home Made Diet As Described In Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier. Anitra Also Does Nationwide Phone Consultations And Can Be Reached At 212-663-0122. Antibiotics Should Not Be Given Too Frequently And Should Be Used In Case Like This Only If Urine Culture Indicates They Are Needed. I Am Not Fan Of Many Of These Processed Prescription Commercial Foods. Consider Consulting Also With Veterinary Homeopath For Different Approach. See Website Www.beyondflatearth.com To Learn More As Well As My Website Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Offer Phone Consultations. Hope This Helps.

Date: 03/22/11
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Sitting Trying To Go Pee For Long Time Anywhere

Question:My Cat Is 2 1/2 Years Old And Started Peeing Or Trying To Pee For Long Time And Can Come Out Of Litter Box And Starts Trying To Go Again. Is This A Stone Or Infection? Vet Here Said Maybe Urinary Infection And Gave Me Clavamox To Give Him Twice A Day And Said May Need Second Bottle. What Causes Urinary Infection? And How Can I Prevent?

Answer:Most Of Time Cats Actually Dont Have A Urinary Infection But Sterile Inflammation Of Bladder Which Can Be Accompanied By Crystals And/or Mucous Which Can Sometimes Cause Blockages In Particularly Male Cats. Sometimes Prescription Diets From Your Vet Can Help Sometimes Vitamin C In Form Of Ester C At Dose Of 250 Mg Twice Daily And/or Cosequin For Cats Can Help Strengthen Health Of Urinary Tract.

Date: 07/14/10
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stone

Question:My 7 Year Old Shih Tzus Had Been Developing Bladder Stones, Had Two Surgery For Removal Of Stones,His Urethra Was Blocked With Stones That He Had To Have A Cystostomy And He Now Urinates Thru It.he Is Now On Special Diet Prescribed By His Vet But He Doesn't Like It. The Stone Was Calcium Oxalate,What Can I Do To Prevent The Formation Of Stone .

Answer:I Would Speak To Your Vet About Other Diet Alternatives. You Could Consider A Special Home Made Diet. I Would Consult With A Vet Nutritionist On That One At Www.balanceit.com

Date: 10/03/09
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder Stones

Question:My Schnauzer Just Had Bladder Stone Surgery (2nd Time In 1 Year.) I Had The Stones Tested And She Is Now Eating Science Diet C/d. What Type Of Food Do I Stay Away From. I Know Chicken Has Minerials, She Cannot Have Chicken. What Kind Or Type Of Food Should I Stay Away From. When I Give Her A Pill I Wrap It In Cheese. I Have Two Schnauzers And It Is Hard To Feed Them Different Food, The Heathly Schnauzer Eats Blue Buffalo. Science Diet Is Expensive, Are There Any Alternatives. Any Human Food It Would Be Ok To Give Once In While.

Answer:I Am Personally Not A Fan Of This Particular Brand And In My Opinion There Are Much Healthier Alternatives Out There Such As Wysong To Name One. They Have A Diet Called Uretic Diet, Which You Can Learn More About At Their Website Www.wysong.net. They Have Excellent Support Staff You Could Speak With And If You Decide To Order From Them You Can Use Coupon Code Number Cc255 For Free Shipping. Not Many Cheaper Over The Counter Foods I Can Suggest. As For Proper Home Cooked Food, I Would See Book By Donald Strombeck Phd On Canine Diets Which You Can Google On Line.

Date: 08/17/09
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food Questions

Question:Hi. I Have A Female Schnauzer Of 2 Years Old. She Weights 21.7 And 14" Height. A Week Ago She Was Diagnosed With A Small Stone In The Bladder And Urolithiasis. The Vet Prescibed Hills Prescription Diet C/d And Told Me She Have To Eat This Food Forever. Is This True? Are There Other Food Alternatives? Is This Food Have All The Nutrients That She Need? Is Royal Canin For Schnauzers An Alternative To This Food? I Have Another Schnauzer Of 1 Years Old; If She Have To Eat The Same Food To Prevent The Disease? Sorry For All The Questions But I'm Worried About The Health Of My Beloved Dogs. I Will Appreciate Your Answers. Thank You Very Much..

Answer:Royal Canine And Hills Are Indeed Competitors When It Comes To These Prescription Diets. In My Opinion And Experience, None Are Guaranteed To Prevent Any Stones, And I Personally Prefer Either Proper Home Made Diets For These Conditions As Described In A Book By Donald Strombeck Phd On Canine Diets Which You Can Google, Or By Consulting A Veterinary Nutritionist From Www.balanceit.com If Home Made Diets Are Not Possible, I Much Prefer The Natural Diets By Wysong Such As Their Uretic Diet, Which You Can Learn More About At Www.wysong.net. They Have Excellent Nutritional Support Staff And You Can Use Coupon Number Cc255 For Free Shipping If You Try Their Urinary Diets.

Date: 01/19/09
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bleeding From Penis

Question:My Dog Has Blood Coming From His Penis Is That A Sign Of A Bladder Infection ?

Answer:Could Be Sign Of Infection Of Prostate, Bladder, Stone In Urinary Tract Somewhere, Clotting Problem From Tick Born Or Immune Mediated Disease Or Genetic Clotting Disorder, As Well As Less Likely Tumor. Full Vet Exam, Blood Work, Rectal Exam, X Rays And Urine Analysis Should Help Sort This Out For You

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