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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: 11/10/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Side Effects Of Vaccines

Question:I Took My 2 Year Old Corgi Mix Baby For His 2 Year Check Up Today. He Got 2 Shots And Had Blood Drawn. He Is Shaking Uncontrollably Now, 4 Hours After The Appointment And Is Breathing Irregularly. Is That Normal?

Answer:Sounds Like Vaccination Reaction To Me. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Local Vet. Also In Future, Dont Get Any Non Essential Core Vaccinations, As Many Core Vaccinations Like Parvo Or Distemper Has Immunity That Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet.

Date: 10/02/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diagnosed With Distemper

Question:Goid Day Doc, I Have A 9 Year Old Boerboel And She Has In The Oast Two Weeks Deteriorated So Badly....first Her Eyes...i Thought Could Be Conjuntivitis, Got Speacial Eye Ointment But It Did Not Improve....she Is Now Blind Nd Yellow Thick Mucus Still Oozes Out Of Her Eyes. Her Nose Was Also Very Dry Nd I Kept Putting A Bit Of Vaseline On. She Has Had Dramatic Weight Loss Nd As I Hvae Said Gone Blind...she Was Diagnosed With Distemper Snd I Would Like Tov Know The Best Course Of Action.intavenous Antibiotics Nd Fluids Have Not Helped Her. She Does Still Eat A Bit But Drinks Gallons Of Water. Is My Only Option Tovhave Her Go Peacefully....before The Epileptic Fits Start....she Doesnt Moan Or Cry....but It Is Breaking My Heart Seeing Her Like This All Skin And Just Bones. Please Advise. Here In South Africa There Are No Care Centres As For Adults/children Like A Hospice.....please Help Or Give Advice. Thank You Tanya.

Answer:So Sorry Tanya To Hear Of Your Plight. You Obviously Love Your Dog Very Much, However Given The Severity Of The Symptoms And Situation, There Is Not Much I Can Offer From Afar Like This. You Could Consider Consulting With A Homeopathic Vet, As Many Homeopathic Vets Do Phone Consultations Nation And Worldwide. See The Website Www.pivh.org And Www.drpitcairn.com To Learn More As Well As Www.doctordym.com

Date: 09/20/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccines

Question:My Puppy Got His Shots And He Having Pain I Can Not Touch Him Because He Starts To Cry What Can I Do? He Got Distemper Vaccine -parvo Vaccine Bordetella Vaccine - And The Rabies Shot Today.

Answer:It Really Pains Me To See Veterinarians Continuing To Overvaccinate Dogs Like This With Multiple Components At The Same Time. Sad That They Get No Training On The Dangers Of This Both In The Short And Long Term In Their Veterinary School Educations. I Would See Vet For Recheck If Signs Persist Or Worsen, As Anti Inflammatory Pain Meds, Etc May Be Needed. Also Please Know That Immunity To Core Viruses Parvo And Distemper Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet So That Repetitive Vaccinations Year After Year Are Not Needed. Also In Future Skip The Noncore Bordatella Vaccination Which Is Not Necessary Anyway. To Learn More On All Of This See The Education Articles On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org

Date: 09/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvovirus

Question:I Have A 3 Month Old Puppy (lab Mix). He Is Showing Signs Of Parvo Or Distemper In Not Sure...he Isn't Dehydrated (i Did The Skin Test) ..i Am On A Fixed Income And Cannot Afford The Vet(i Am Extremely Sad About This Fact) Is There Anything I Can Do To Help My Little Guy?...his Symptoms Are Greenish Discharge From His Eye And His A Bit Lathargic. .his Eating Well But Seems To Be Losing Wieght

Answer:You Could Worm Him With Broad Spectrum Wormer Like Panacure C From 1800petmeds, As Well As Get Him On Good Vitamins And Immune Boosters Like Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds As Well As Pet Tabs Plus. Also Consider Herbal Immune Booster Olimune From Www.animalessentials.com See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen.

Date: 09/17/16
Category: Seizure Disorder
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Seizures Post Vaccines.

Question:Hi! I Had A Normal Happy Healthy Chihuahua Puppy, 8 Weeks Old. I Took Him Into Get His Vaccines And He Had A Seizure About 24 Hours Later And Now He Is Lifeless And Sad. He Does Void His Bladder And Bowels. He Is Having Seizures Every Morning Almost At The Same Time Between 5am-7am. The First Vet I Took Him To Denied That The Vaccines Could Cause Seizures So I Took Him To Another Vet. The Second Vet Feels He Is Hypoglycemic And Told Me To Keep Him Hydrated. I Know He Is Having Seizures! His Head Contorts Almost 360 Degrees And His Limbs Go In Several Different Directions. He Is Then Postictal For Hours. Do You Think These Seizures Will Stop? Is There An Anti-seizure Medication I Can Ask For? He Is Not The Same Dog And I Know It Is From The Vaccines! I Checked With The Breeder And They Said None In The Litter Had Seizures; This Was The Only Litter. I Will Say That My Little Guy Only Weighs 26 Ounces. He Was Totally Normal Until The Vaccines!!!! What Can I Do?

Answer:I Am So Sorry To Hear Of Your Little Dog's Affliction From The Awful Vaccinations That Caused Them. Unfortunately Most Of My Colleagues Are Ignorant On The Potential Acute And/ More Importantly Long Term Effects Vaccinations Can Have On A Patient; We As Holistic Veterinarians Call This Vaccinosis. Your Pet Should Either Be On Traditional Anticonvulsant Medications I.e As Long As Liver Shunt, Meningitis, Etc Ruled Out. I Have Even Seen Modified Live Parvo/distemper Vaccinations Cause Actual Distemper Encephalitis In The Brains Of Puppies When Worked Up Thoroughly By A Competent And Informed Veterinary Neurologist Who Does Not Have His Head In The Sand. I Would Also Consider Working With A Constitutional Homeopathic Veterinarian Long Term If You Want To Improve Health In Long Run. Not A Quick Fix, And Will Take Time, Patience And Commitment. To Learn More About Homeopathy, See The Booklet On The Website Www.beyondflatearth.com Also See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Like Myself Do Work With Clients Long Distance And/or Over The Phone. Good Luck With This.

Date: 09/05/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Adverse Reaction To Vaccines

Question:I Got My 4 Month Old Kitten Neutered And Vaccinated. He Got The Rabies And Distemper Vaccines. The First Night Post Op He Was Fine. But On The Second Day He Didn't Want To Eat Or Drink. I Took Him To My Vet And They Gave Him Fluids And A High Calorie Wet Food I Can Give Him Through A Syringe With Water, Which I Have Been Doing. It Is Now 5 Days Post Op And He Still Is Not Eating Or Drinking On His Own. How Long Can This Last? It Is A Holiday Weekend And My Vet Isn't In Until Tomorrow

Answer:Not Sure, As This Is Certainly Not Normal. In My Opinion, Multiple Vaccinations Like This Should Never Be Given At The Same Time The Day Of The Neuter, As That Can Be Too Much Of A Stress On A Developing Immune System In My Opinion. I Would Take Him Back To Vet For Quick Exam And Evaluation, As Well As Have Tested For Feline Leukemia/fiv Viruses, Etc

Date: 08/06/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Side Effects

Question:Should The Rabies Vaccine And Dhppi Vaccine Be Administered At The Same Time? My Pug Became Sick 18 Hours After The Vaccines. 12 Hours Later Still She Was Having Trouble Breathing And Could Not Rest. She Saw An Emergency Vet Who Gave Her Morphine And An Anti Sickness Injection. It Took A Further 7 Hours Before She Was Able To Go To Sleep. She Was Sick Again 08 Hours Later. A Further 24 Hours On She Is Still Extremely Lethargic. She Is Eating Now But Barely Taking Fluids. Thank You For Your Advice.

Answer:In My Experience And Opinion Of 25 Years Experience, Giving Multiple Vaccinations At Once Can Have Severe Consequences In My Opinion In Sensitive Pets, Especially Toy Breeds. I Would Return To Vet For Full Workup. Also Realize That Viral Immunity To Core Viruses Parvo And Distemper Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet. Read About Overvaccination Issues On Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org I Would Suggest Also Consult With Holistic/homeopathic Vet Who Understands Chronic Vaccinosis In Pets. To Learn More, See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations

Date: 07/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Duramune Max 5

Question:We Vaccinated Several Dogs, All Of Different Breeds About A Week Ago And They Are All Now Diagnosed With Distemper. We Have Never Encountered Distemper Before This, Is It Possible That The Live Virus Vaccine Cause Them All To Get Distemper? All Of The Shots Were From The Same Lot Number.

Answer:I Have Seen Occasional Reversion To Virulence From Modified Live Viral Vaccinations. My Friend And Colleague Jean Dodds, Dvm Talks About This All Of The Time, Which You Can Google. Should Be Under Care Of Your Local Vet. Also Consider Consulting With Holistic Vet On This As Well Www.doctordym.com To Learn More. Many Holistic Vets Offer Phone Consultations

Date: 07/23/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Adverse Reaction To Vaccine

Question:My 12 Year Old Cat Had His Feline Leukemia And Distemper Vaccinations On Thur. That Evening He Was Lethargic And Vomited. He Didn't Eat The Next Morning. I Called His Vet And Took Him Back In On Fri. He Had A Fever And They Gave Him Subcutaneous Fluid, An Onsior Tablet And .24 Diphenhydramine 50 Mg. He Seemed To Feel Much Better And Ate When He Came Home. But A Few Hours Later Vomited Again. Now He Is Back To Being Lethargic And Not Eating Again. I Called The Vet This Morning And They Never Returned My Call And Are Now Closed For The Weekend. Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Help Him? We Were Given 2 More Onsior Tablets For Today And Tomorrow

Answer:See Vet If Problem Persists Or Worsens. However I Am Deeply Saddened By Vets Who Continue To Vaccinate Geriatric Cats For Diseases They Are Not At Risk For, As Well As See Situations Like This Where Cats Become Chronically Ill After Being Vaccinated Un Necessarily In My Opinion. You Should See Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier For More On This. Also Consider Consulting With Holistic Vet. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Holistic Vets Offer Phone Consultations

Date: 07/22/16
Category: First Aid
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Residual Distemper

Question:I Am Fostering A Med. Size Dog That Came To Me With Mange & Residual Distemper Neurological Signs (head Bobbing, Seizures, Teeth). Is This Dog A Carrier Or Can It Infect Future Foster Dogs I Look After. What About My Yard With Distemper Feces? Should I Put Her Down Since She May Never Be Adopted And Risks My Healthy Ones?

Answer:I Would Not Assume Current Signs Due To Distemper. Should Have Vet Recheck And Evaluation For Other Possible Causes Of Current Symptoms In Your Pet As Well As Risks To Others In House

Date: 07/08/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper

Question:How Is It Possible That My Dog Has An Updated Distemper Vaccine But She Still Have A Distemper Virus.her Last Vaccine Shot Was On April 2016 And Now She Was Diagnosed Of Having Distemper July 06,2016.

Answer:I Would Need To Know More Details About Your Dog's Case To Give You Accurate Comment And Opinion. See My Website Www.doctordym.com If You Would Like To Schedule A Consultation On The Details Of This. In General, No Vaccination Is 100% Effective, As Well As In Some Cases I Have Even Seen Modified Live Viral Vaccinations Cause The Same Disease Within A Few Weeks Of The Shot As Well Distemper Diagnosis In A Vaccinated Dog Is Also Not Very Easy And Definitive, So Many Vets May Assume That A Pet Has Distemper Virus Infection, But A Definitive Diagnosis And Appropriate Testing Is Needed In All Cases

Date: 06/05/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper

Question:Well Dr, My Dog Is With Distemper, Are Having Treatment But Is Not Having Much Effect, I Wonder If Dr Have Any Tips Or Treatment That I Can Be Doing. I Thank The Comprehension. Waiting For Answers..

Answer:I Would Not Assume Distemper, As This Is Not Easy Diagnosis. I Am Not Sure What Kind Of Workup Has Been Done Here To Look At Other Possible Issues. If Your Dog Has Distemper Truly, Then I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Internist In Your Area

Date: 04/09/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fever

Question:My 2 Year Old German Shephard Just Came Down With A High Fever. She Is At The Hospital Trying To Get It Down. They Have No Idea What's Causing It. Last Week We Adopted A Rescue Dog. She Has 2 Rabies Distemper Parvo And Influenza Shots. She Had No Symptoms Of Anything But Our Vet Thinks She Brought Something With Her. What Could It Be?

Answer:Hard To Say, But May Or May Not Have Anything To Do With New Dog

Date: 03/30/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper Vaccine In Pregnant Female Dog

Question:Hello, I Am Fostering A Mother And Pups For A Local Rescue Org. She Was Vaccinated By The Rescue For A Number Of Things, But The Vet Told Me The Distemper Vaccine Could Cause The Unborn Pups To Be Infected And Thus Suffer From Cerebellar Hypoplasia. How Likely Is This? I Have People Inquiring About The Pups, But As They Are Only 4 Days Old, It's Too Early For Symptoms If Ch Is Present. Online It Appears This Is Much More Common In Cats, But Not A Lot Of Info On Dogs. Please Advise.

Answer:I Have Not Seen Hypoplasia Much Of An Issue In Puppies, Even In Pregnant Moms Vaccinated

Date: 02/26/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Report

Question:If My Pet Records Says Distemper With Lepto Does That Mean He Also Had The Parvo Vaccine Since They Are Typically Combined?

Answer:No. Any Distemper With Lepto Vaccination Typically Includes A Parvo Component As Well.

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