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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: Aug 7, 2016
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Spay Surgery And Tcc

Question:One Of The Articles On The Site Related To This On (canine Care, The Ultimate Pet Health Resource) Says That With Bladder Cancer (tcc) In Dogs That There Should Never Be An Invasive Surgery Of Any Kind. My Situation Is Tricky That My Dog Has Tcc, But She Also Had An Open Pyometria That Of Course Some Drained. However It Is Still There (uterus Is Septic) So She Needs To Be Spayed Before Her Next Heat As She Will Not Live Throug It. The Vets Think She Has 3 To Six Months To Live (hopefully More). So We Figure That The Pyo Would Get Her First Over The Tcc. So I Really Have No Choice At This Point. I Guess I Won't Get An Answered From You For Awhile (today Is Sunday August 7); But She Is Scheduled For This Spat Surgery Tomorrow. I Really Elated Your Opinion As To Whether This Would Disrupt The Tcc And Start It To Spread Or Grow Faster. I Really Understand That This Is Thie Risk I Have To Take To Give Her The Best Quality Of Life. I Am Trying So Hard To Do The Right Thing.i Would Also Really Still Value Your Opinion, So I Know As Much As I Can For What To Look For In The After Surgery Part (post Surgery). Thank You, And I Really Hope I Hear From You Soon

Answer:Sorry For Your Dilemma. Not Easy Situation And No Black Or White Right Or Wrong Answer. I Would Be Worried About Stress, Etc Of Surgery Now, Possibly Triggering The Tcc To Get Worse. Maybe Ask About Iv Baytril And Other Antibiotics For Stabilization As Possible Alternative To Pyometra Surgery. I Would Ask Vet About Consult With Vet Internist In Medicine As There Are Prostaglandin Treatments That Are Sometimes Used As Alternative To Spay For Pyometra And Might Be Worth Asking About

Date: Jun 21, 2016
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Lump On Back Of Cat's Neck

Question:I Have An 8 Year Old Russian Blue Cat Who Was Never Sick A Day In Her Life Until She Had A Lump On The Back Of Her Neck 4 Months Ago, Which Turned Out To Be A Sarcoma Type Cancer. The Vet Removed The Lump Saying That It Had Clean Edges And She Got It All Out. Now 4 Months Later, Her Scar Tissue Was 2 Small Lumps Where The Tumor Was Removed And Now The Exact Same Thing Has Happened In The Same Spot, Only This Time She Is Acting Normal (eating, Sleeping, Drinking Water And Playing) When Before She Hid Under The Bed And Would Not Come Out For Meals, Etc. Is It Possible That It Is The Cancer Again In The Exact Same Spot Even Though The Doctor Said She Was All Clear? She Has A Vet Appointment For This Saturday (6/25/2016) Any Help Is Appreciated!! Thanks - Amanda

Answer:Very Well Could Be Recurrence Or New Cancer Growth. I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Specialist Or Oncologist In Your Area For Expert Opinion, As Well As You Will Need Exact Tissue Biopsy Report From First Surgery, Which Will Likely Determine Long Term Treatment Plan Here

Date: Apr 4, 2016
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Supplements For Lymohoma

Question:My 9 Year Old Gokdendoodle Was Diagnosed With Lymphoma (stage 4). He Is On A Prednisone Taper And Did Receive A One Time Chemotherapy Injection For Short Term Help While On The Steroid. He Is Feeling Happy And Fine For Now. I Have Put Him In A High Protein Diet. I Am Wondering About Any Supplements That Can Help Him. We Are Not Pursuing Any Further Cancer Treatment. Thank You.

Answer:You Could Try Oncosupport And Glucamune From The Company Rx Vitamins, Which You Should Be Able To Get From 1800petmeds. It Also May Be Helpful To Consult With A Homeopathic Or Holistic Veterinarian. To Learn More, See Www.doctordym.com And Www.drpitcairn.com

Date: Dec 12, 2015
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump On Dogs Leg

Question:My Golden Retriever Has A Lump The Size Of A Tennis Ball On The Back Of Her Left Leg Ner Her Ankle. It Bleed Sometimes And She Limps Whenever Walking. I'm Not Sure What It Could Be. We Don't Have The Money To Take Her To The Vet. Do You Know What It Could Possibly Be?

Answer:Not Much I Can Suggest At Home. Try A Low Cost Vet Clinic Or Humane Society With Vet Services In Your Area, As This Lump Needs To Be Aspirated And Cells Evaluated Under Microscope To Tell Us What It Is And/or If Further Surgical Management Is Needed, Especially In A Breed Prone To Cancer

Date: Nov 9, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Cancerous Lump

Question:My Female Dog 8yrs Old , Gets A Lump On Her Hind Leg That Comes And Goes . We Took Her To A Vet , They Drew Fluid From The Lump When It Was Swelled , And Said It Could Be Cancerous . Would A Cancerous Lump Swell Then Go Away? Thanks !

Answer:Some Types Of Cancerous Lumps Can Swell And Decrease In Size, Especially Certain Types Of Cysts. I Would Ask Vet To Send Cytology Off To Lab For Evaluation Of Type Of Cancer So That Long Term Treatment Plan Can Be Undertaken And/or Have Tumor Removed And Biopsied.

Date: Apr 30, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Question:My Cat Was Diagnosed With Squamous Cell Carcinoma Today. She Had A Cracked Tooth Extracted About 4 Weeks Ago. Seemed All Was Good, Everything Looked Fine. Last Part Of Last Week She Started Having Trouble With Her Mouth Again. I Brought Her Back And They Did A Biopsy. We Are Going To A Specialist May 6th. It Is Right In Back Of Where She Had The Tooth Extracted. There Is A Small "lump", Smaller Than A Pea. Maybe The Size Of A Pin Head. Any Information Would Be Appreciated. She Is Still Eating, Playing A Little, Being With Us. She Usually Hides When She Does Not Feel Well. She Is A 14 1/2 Year Old Grey Tabby Short Hair. I Was Also Wondering If Hemp Oil Would Help Her Out At All? Thanks. optional Information: type Of Cat: American Short Hair cat's Gender: Female cat's Age: 14 name Of Cat: Sweetie

Answer:Hemp Oil Is Fine To Try. Also Consider Supplementing With Cancer Supplements Like Glucamune From Rx Vitamins, As Well As Transfer Factor Www.powerbod.com/2/michaeldym

Date: Apr 10, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worried About My Elder Dogs Constant Drooling

Question:My Alaska Malamute Is About 14 Years Old Now And It Acting More Than Just Old Age. She Constantly Drools Or Is Upset To Her Stomach And Only Eats Here And There. I Just Noticed A Large Lump Under Or Near The Breast And Leg. I Believe This Is A Tumor Because They Are Known For Getting Cancer In The Nasal Or Under The Arm. I Live In A Some Village Town Where No One Cares About Animals And No Vets Within 100 Miles Or So. She Started This In The Past Few Weeks, Maybe 6 Weeks. She Sleeps A Lot And Has No True Affection Anymore. I Believe That She Is Slowly Dying And Could Be In Pain, But I Am Not Sure. She Also Drinks Tons Of Water Daily. My Other Dogs Are Great But They Are Also Younger Than Her. Is There Anything I Could Give Her To Help Her Stomach? Thanks Roxxy

Answer:I Would Work With A Homeopathic Veterinarian Over The Phone. To Learn More Go To Www.drpitcairn.com As Well As Www.theavh.org To Find A Homeopathic Vet.

Date: Mar 20, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treating Cancer

Question:My Lab Mix (neutured) Has Left Maxillary Multiobular Tumor Of Bone (mlo) And Now Has Mild Progression Lung Metastasis. He Takes Deramaxx And Chlorambucil Daily For 4 Months But It Doesn't Seem To Help. Today We Were Also Prescribed Palladia And The Costs Are Hurting Us But We Are Trying Our Best For Out Dog. Is There Anything Else You Can Suggest? Our Battle Has Been With His Mouth Tumor So My Dog Can Eat But Now We Are Battling Cancer On 2 Fronts With Toxic Meds. Can We Do Something Better And More Cost Effective?

Answer:Try Oncosupport From 1800petmeds, And Transfer Factor...to Learn More About Transfer Factor Go To Www.powerbod.com/2/michaeldym

Date: Feb 15, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bump Cancer

Question:Petcoach.cois It Commen That The First Sign Of Cancer On Dogs Begin Whit A Littel Hard Bump On The Side Of Its Foot? Maby Its Just A Bump After He Has Been Runing Outside And Hurt Him Self But As Always I Start To Panic :("

Answer:Bump Could Be From Trauma. Best To See Vet For Exam And Evaluation

Date: Feb 14, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Growth In Mouth

Question:My 11 Year Old Bloodhound Has A Growth In Her Mouth. My Vet Said That It Can Be Removed But Will Probably Grow Back. It Looks Disgusting But Doesn't Seem To Bother Her. At Her Age, Should The Surgery Be Performed Since The Fix Won't Be A Permanent One?

Answer:Cant Tell You For Sure, As That Would Depend Upon What The Cancer Or Tumor Type Is. Perhaps Your Vet Can Do Impression Smear Or Cytology On Growth To Give Us Better Idea Of How It May Behave If Left Alone And Nothing Done.

Date: Oct 14, 2013
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cancer

Question:When A Dog Has Cancer; Does It Get An Odor?

Answer:Some Pets With Chronic Disease Like Cancer Can Have Odors.

Date: Sep 29, 2013
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mast Cancer In My Boxer

Question:My Boxer Has In The Past 3 1/2 Months Twice Had A Mast Cancer Tumor Removed That Was On Her Chest Wall. After Both Surgeries I Have Been Treating Her Holistically With All The Antioxidants,Anti-acids,Omega's From 1800petmeds, Someone That Also Has A Mast Cancer Boxer Is Giving Them Some Others Things That Are Similar To What I Give Except For Two Items That Are Really Expensive. The One I Have A Question For You About Though Is The Poly Mva.that Is 95.00 195.00 For 4-8 Oz. I Am Wondering If You Know Much About This In Particular And Know If It Is Indeed Something To Think About Giving? They Are Also Giving K9 Immunity, Transfer 4 Life And Maitike Mushroom.thank You For Any Help. Pam F.

Answer:Hi Pam. Sounds Like You Are Doing Everything Possible For Your Dog. I Encourage A More Holistic Life Style For Your Pet. I Do Know About Poly Mva, Which Is Good Supplement But Not Sure If It Will Help Prevent Mast Cell Cancers. I Also Love The Products Oncosupport Which You Can Get From 1800petmeds, As Well As Glucamune From Same Company. Work With Holistic Vet On Individualized Approach To Long Term Health. To Learn More Go To My Website Www.doctordym.com

Date: May 18, 2013
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Enlarged Lymph Node

Question:I Have A 15 Y/o Female Cocker Spaniel. Had A Checkup At The Vet In Jan. Blood Came Back Great For Her Age, But A Minor Infection Was Indicated. Round Of Anti-biotics With No Followup. There Were Never Any Symptoms. about A Month Ago, I Felt A Lump In Her Neck. I Brought Her To The Vet And He Confirmed It Was An Enlarged Node. No Other Nodes Affected.due To Her Age, We Started With Blood Test. No Evidence (in Blood) Od Cancer Or Infection. We Talked Of Options, With Aspiration Next. But As She Appeared Fine With No Changes In Appetite Or In Any Pain, I Hoped It Would Recede. Today I Felt It And It Appears Bigger. Made Appt. For Monday. Any Ideas? Thanks.

Answer:Best To Proceed With Needle Aspirate To Get Diagnosis If Infection, Inflammation Or Tumor. Depending Upon Diagnosis Will Dictate Treatment. May Be Helpful To Consult Holistic Oriented Vet Who Can Help With More Natural Approaches If Surgery Not Possible. See Www.doctordym.com To Learn More About Holistic Methods.

Date: Mar 25, 2013
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My Cat Has Colon Cancer

Question:I Need To Ask An Important Question. When Is It The Time To Euthanize My Cat? He Has Been Diagnosed To Have Colon Cancer By The Vets; It Has Been Over Two Months He Has Been Pooping Blood And Vomiting On The Floor Once A Week Now He Has Done It For The Past Two Nights In A Row. He Meows Strangely At Night. I Gave Him Some Meds To Ease The Pain, But He Has Been Starting To Get Thinner. When He Vomits It Is Not Food, But Some White Liquid So I Think His Kidneys Might Be Failing; But This Morning I Saw That He Urinated. I Just Need To Know B/c I Dont Want Him To Suffer.

Answer:Sounds Like That Quality Of Life May Be Starting To Fail. I Would See Your Local Vet For Evaluation To See If It Is The Right Time

Date: Dec 1, 2012
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Sneezing & Congested

Question:Out Pet Cat Pepper 12 Years Old Has Been Breathing Heavily And Sneezing, I've Noticed Her Using Her Paw Dipping It In Her Water Bowl And Cleaning Her Nose. I Took Her To The Vet To Check Out The Respiratory Symptoms And The Doctor Discovered A Tumor On Her Leg. A Cytology Test Proved That The Tumor Was A Tissue Sarcoma. We Are Concerned That If We Go For Surgery The Cancer Can Spread. The Doctor Feels That Further Tests Should Be Done For Checking The Cancer, The Respiratory Issue Is Only Secondary In Importance. I Want The Cat To Be Able To Live A Normal Life And Not Be Put Through All The Diagnosis If After All Nothing Can Cure The Cancer. What Do You Suggest For Pepper At This Time?

Answer:I Would Follow Your Vet's Advice And Have Tumor Addressed Surgically And Then Addres Respiratory Issue.


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