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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: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dosage

Question:Hello. I have a 7 y/o chocolate lab on rimadyl (generic). Is is ok to give her the meds once a day instead of twice? Sometimes I can't get her to eat twice a day so she only gets one dose. She's about 55 pounds and takes 125mgs a day, broken up into two doses.

Answer:Yes, it's fine to only give it once daily - if that controls her discomfort. It only stays in their system and relieves pain for about 12 hours. Since most dogs are more active during the day, try giving it in the morning. I tell my clients to play around with it and try to give it as infrequently as possible.

Date: Mar 2, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis pain

Question:My dog has severe arthritis pain in his hips. He currently takes tramadol and Dasiquin to help that but he very frequently losses strength in his rear legs and has difficulty getting up and even walking. He is 14 years old and I am not sure what else to do about it. Is it wise to force him to walk and get exercise?

Answer:I wouldn't really "force" him but exercise is very beneficial in keeping the musculature strong to support his arthritic joints. Low impact exercising is ideal, which is usually swimming for a dog. Multiple short walks are always good unless he is really limping. Consider using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Rimadyl or Metacam on days when he's having a harder time. Some of the prescription diets that are made for arthritic dogs may be an option for him - or adding Omega 3 fatty acids to his diet.

Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rimadyl

Question:My dog is part doberman part Rotty. He is 13 years old. Vet perscribed Rimadyl.. give it to him once or twice a week. Do es he need a blood test??

Answer:I like to run blood work every 6 months on my geriatric patients anyway, but definitely would if he is taking Rimadyl. They age so much more than we do in 6 months because their lifespan is so much shorter.

Date: Feb 10, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Stairs

Question:My 12 year old lab recently shows fear and reluctance to go down stairs . Going up is no problem, just down. Why the difference?

Answer:That would make me very suspicious that his forelimbs hurt him more so than his hindlimbs because most of his body weight lands on them as he goes down. Your veterinarian can probably isolate which limb/joint (elbow, shoulder, carpus/wrist) and check for other things that can cause painful limbs (pododermatitis, cancer, etc) with a good physical exam and possibly some x-rays.

Date: Jan 8, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis Supplements

Question:Which arthritis supplement has the least side effects? I have a 12yr old female Lab who cannot tolerate Tramadol

Answer:Any prescription drug may have side effects. See your vet for recommendation of other possible scripts such as nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medication or other pain med like gabapentin, all which need scripts from your vet. Consider supplements like super joint enhancer and proanthozone from 1800petmeds

Date: Dec 14, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Torn Paw Pad

Question:Hi My Pet Pug, Named Puggy Was Outside In My Backyard Running Around In The Snow When He Was About To Come In I Noticed Blood Prints In The Snow And He Then Tracked Them Inside When I Layed Him Down To Observe His Paw I Notice That The Pad On One Of His Toes Was Torn Off And Only Hanging By A Piece Of Skin He's Not Whining Or Seem To Be In Pain But There's Alot Of Blood And He Doesn't Want To Put Pressure On It. I've Washed The Blood Away In The Tub And Wrapped It But It's Still Bleeding I've Repeated This Process And The Bleeding Has Slowed But Not Completely Stopped. Any Advice?

Answer:Best To Apply Ace Bandage Wrap To Paw And Take Him To Vet When You Can For Further Treatment And Assessment, In Case Needs Surgical Debridement And/or Antibiotic Therapy

Date: Dec 13, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Post Spay Complications

Question:My Dog Got Spayed On Saturday And Today I Notciced Her Belly Is Red And Swollen And She Has Dark Red Patches Next To Her Incision Site. Is This A Sign Of Infection?

Answer:Could Be Sign Of Infection Or Just Mild Irritation Post Spay. I Would Recommend Vet Exam And Evaluation To See If Further Treatment Or Antibiotics Are Needed

Date: Dec 8, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Ate Something Like A Hamburger On The Ground Outside.

Question:I Took My Dogs To Go Potty And They Found What Looked Like A Frozen Hamburger And Choked It Down Before I Could Get It From Him. Now When I Brought Him Inside He Is Whining And His Back His Is Swollen Like Double The Size Of The Other.. He Is In Pain And Panting. My Other Dog Even Knows Something Is Wrong He Won't Leave His Side. He Has A Distressed Look And I Don't Know What To Do??

Answer:He Needs Vet Exam Asap, As Cant Make Diagnosis From Here

Date: Dec 7, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:My Great Pyrenees Has Parvo, We Took Him To The Vet To Be Hospitalized. What Are His Chances Of Over Coming This?

Answer:Every Pet Is Different. Prognosis Is Guarded But Favorable, As Long As He Is In Hospital On Supportive Iv Fluids, Antibiotics, Anti Nausea And/or Antidiarrheal Meds Etc. Supportive Care Is Key And Keeping Pet Hydrated, As With Any Viral Infection.

Date: Nov 28, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lameness In Older Dog

Question:I Have A 15.5 Year Old Ret Mix. He Is Extremely Active. Yesterday He Did Not Want To Walk Much And Was Limping Very Badly. After A While He Would Walk Out Of The Limping, Then Would Start Again. At One Point I Was Going To Take Him To The Emergency Vet, But He Seemed Ok. He Has No Allergies And Is On No Medication At The Time. I Just Give Him 2 Joint Chewies A Day. He Is Not Overweight, He Is A Little Leaner. Don't Know What Else To Do Except Make An Appt. To Have Him Check At Regular Vet.

Answer:Given His Elder Age, This Is Not A Case I Can Make A Recommendation At Home Until After He Has A Proper Veterinary Exam And Evaluation As To Causes Here, Workup Etc

Date: Nov 20, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Puppy Skin Problem

Question:I Had A Puppy Gave To Me As A Gift When I Got Him He Had A Rash And Hair Loss. Took Him To The Vet And Was Told He Had Mange. The Vet Gave Him 2 Type Of Medicine And Shampoo.he Took One For 2 Weeks And The Other For 6 Weeks. . He Was Clear And Then One Day He Started Getting Blood Red And Itching All The Time. He Was Always A Playful Pup But Now All He Wants To Do Is Sleep. I Can't Afford A Vet Bill Is Anything I Can Do For Him.

Answer:Sounds Like You Need Recheck Exam At Vet And/or Another Opinion From Vet In Your Area Who Can Perform Simple Skin Scrape To See If Any Mites Still Present. Your Pet Also May Have Secondary Bacterial And/or Yeast Infections, As Well As Underlying Skin Allergies Which May Be The True Cause Here And Need To Be Addressed By Your Local Vet

Date: Nov 19, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Throwing Up

Question:Can I Give My Dog Chamomile Tea For A Upset Stomache?

Answer:I Would Not Recommend It

Date: Nov 17, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Is Limping

Question:My Dog Has Been Limping Around For The Past Hour After Coming Inside After Going Potty. She Isn't Putting Any Pressure On Her Front Left Paw When She Stands Or Sits. I Was Wondering If There Was Anything I Could Give Her To Help Alivate The Pain Until I Can Get Her To The Vet In The Morning?

Answer:I Would Not Recommend Anything Over The Counter Until Vet Exam Other Than Natural Calming Agent Like Rescue Remedy From Health Food Store, Which Can Help With Emotional And Physical Stress Until You Can See Vet

Date: Nov 6, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rectum Swelling

Question:Hello, I Have A 3 Year Old Black Mouth Curr Mix He Has Grain Allergies So I Feed Him Grain Free Food. Lately I Have Noticed Some Redness Around Is Rectum And A Little Scooting On The Floor. Should I Get Him Checked To See If He Has A Build Up In The Glands?

Answer:I Would Indeed Recommend Vet Assessment And Manual Anal Gland Expression, As Well As To See If Impacted Glands, Infected, Etc

Date: Nov 2, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Herniated Disc

Question:Recently Duddy Had As Brief Paralysis Of His Hind Quarters. After Weeks Of Cage Rest And Steroids And Removing All Ways For Him To Jump Up And Down On Anything, We Are Managing His Disease. What Can I Do To Help With Pain Management That Does Not Involve Drugs. I Would Like To Know The Correct Way To Massage Him Etc. Thank You

Answer:You Will Need To Find And Work With Local Holistic Vet In Your Area, Who May Be Able To Offer Physical Or Water Therapy Through Special Pools, Etc. See The Website Of The Ahvma For List Of Holistic Vets In Your State. Supplements Such As Proanthozone, Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3, As Well As Yucca Intensive May Help From 1800petmeds.


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