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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: 10/15/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccinations

Question:Dandy Is A 11year Old Aust Blue Heeler. 2-11-16 Received Shots For Dhlp-p Annual Booster &rabies 1yr. His Vaccinations Were 5yrs Out Of Date. Month After Shots He Haveing Walking Problems Hard Time Getting Up.then Got Aggressive With Other Dogs, This First Time Ever. We Went Back To Vet. Told That He A Three Legged Dog.using The Fourth As A Cane. The Shot Given In Rtft Leg And He's Trying To Compensate. Xrays Taken Shows Arthritis In Back &left Leg Knee. Prescribed Deramaxx 35 Mg &gadapentin 50mg Along With Omaga 3 Glucosamine. Dandy Seems Happy Good Mood Stools Are Good But He Prefers Not To Get Up And Walk. When He Does He's Unstable_ Weak Falls A Lot. His Condition Hasn't Changed, Been On Meds For 6 Mouths. What's Your Opinion On Cause, Temporarily Or Permanent. Thanks For Your Time

Answer:So Sad, As In My Opinion And Experience, The Vaccinations Are Likely The Cause Of The Chronic Disease Here. You May Want To Look For A Homeopathic Vet In Your Area Who Is Best Trained And Skilled In Treating What Is Called Chronic Vaccinosis, Which Most Veterinarians Dont Understand. To Learn More About Homeopathy, See Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As Www.drpitcairn.com To Locate Homeopathic Vet Trained In Your Area. Also My Site Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations.

Date: 10/13/16
Category: Pain/Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Inflammation / Pain

Question:My Boxer Does Not Want To Walk Or Has Probably Pain Doing So, I Notice His Rectum Is Very Swollen. He Was Diagnosed With Arthritis A Year Ago But I Had Not Seen Him Like This. Can He Be Constipated?

Answer:Constipation Is Possible, But It Sounds Like From Your Description Of Symptoms And History, That He May Have Lower Spinal Problem I.e Spinal Arthritis, Disc Disease, Etc That Is Causing All Of The Lower Body Symptoms Including The Possible Constipation. Best To Have Vet Check And Full Workup As Well As Possibly X Rays Of Spine, Etc

Date: 09/29/16
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney Disease And Arthritis Treatment

Question:My 14yo Lab Was Recently Diagnosed With Kidney Disease And A Gi Bleed After Being On Nsds For 2 Years. We Have Been Able To Get His Bun And Cret Back In Range With Diet And Supplements. Unfortunately Now He Can't Take The Nsds And His Arthritis Is Really Bothering Him. I Have Been Reading About Fish Oil To Treat Arthritis But Also Used For Kidney Disease. Would His Be An Option Vs Cosequin Ds/msm Which He Was On With The Nsds. Not Sure If Cosequin Is Safe For Kidneys. Thanks For Your Help.

Answer:I Think Fatty Acids Are Great. Try Nordic Naurals Pet Omega 3 From 1800petmeds. I Am Not Cosequin Fan. Try Glycoflex Iii From 1800petmeds. Consider Also Consulting With A Holistic Vet Skilled In Acupuncture Or Chinese Medicine, Or Perhaps Even A Veterinary Homeopath. Many Homeopaths Consult Nationwide Www.doctordym.com

Date: 09/29/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lyme Disease

Question:Our Dog Was Diagnosed With Lyme Disease About 1 1/2 Years Ago. Ever Since That His Back Legs Seem To Be Weak. Ive Read That Lyme Causes Arthritis. What Is Best To Give Him To Make Him Feel A Little Better. He Is 15 Years Old He Doesn't See Or Hear Very Well So We Don't Want To Keep Taking Him To The Vets He Gets Very Stressed Out And Has A Hard Time Getting In And Out Of The Car.

Answer:I Would Try Some Excellent Supplements Such As Super Joint Enhancer And Proanthozone From 1800petmeds. I Would Also Give Good Quality Fatty Acid Like Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 As Well. Also Consider Yucca Intensive. Consider Vet Exam As There Are Many Prescription Arthritis And Pain Meds That May Be Of Help Here.

Date: 08/27/16
Category: Pain/Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Diplesa

Question:My Dog Is 15 Years Old And Has Just Started Having Severe Arthritis In His Back Hips. I Was Wondering Is There Any Medicines I Can Give My Baby. That Can Help With The Pain.

Answer:You Can Try Supplements Like Proanthozone And Yucca Intensive As Well As Super Joint Enhancer From 1800petmeds, But Should Have Full Veterinary Evaluation And Medical Assessment First

Date: 08/22/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Medication

Question:Our Cat Is Already On Medacam .05 For Arthritis. We Find Giving Him Medicine Orally Is The Only Way With This Cat. Which Glucosamine Product Or Other Product For His Arthritis Would You Suggest We Order. In Liquid Form? Thank You.

Answer:I Prefer Glycoflex From 1800petmeds For Cats. You Can Also Try Cosequin If That Not Work Out In Dosing For You.

Date: 08/17/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Joint Pain

Question:Calli Was Hit By A Car Before We Adopted Her. She Now Has Arthritis In Her Knees. She Is About 12 Years Old. She Is On Rimadyl And Dasiquin. Is There Anything Else That We Could Do For Her?

Answer:Also Add Proanthozone From 1800petmeds As Additional Antioxidant And You May Want To Add Additional Fatty Acid Like Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 As Well To Regimen. Also Consider Yucca Intensive

Date: 08/02/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis

Question:My Dog Is Fifteen Y/o. Without Going To A Vet To Get Poked And Prodded How Can We Manage His Arthritis And Stiffness At Home ? Thank You!

Answer:You Can Try Over The Counter Supplements Such As Super Joint Enhancer, Proanthozone, Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3, As Well As Yucca Intensive From 1800petmeds, All Which Are Great Supplements To Incorporate. However, Best Thing Is To Have Proper Workup At Local Veterinarian To See If Any Underlying Medical Disorders That May Affect Approach To Stiffness, Etc

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

Question:Our Dog Ws Taking Tramadol For 8 Days Due To Light Arthritis From A Injury As A Puppy To His Leg. This Leg Is Also Shorter Than The Others. All Of A Sudden His Behavior Changed He Just Lays Around His Tail Barely Wags His Head Is Down He's Not His Normal Self. Any Ideas Why?

Answer:Any Opiode Or Narcotic Drug Can Have Side Effects So It May Be Best To Stop The Drug And Call Your Local Vet Who Prescribed It. I Would Also Put Your Pet On Good Supplements For Joints Such As Super Joint Enhancer And Proanthozone From 1800petmeds

Date: 07/08/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis

Question:I Have A 95lb Choc. Lab - 7 Yrs Old, But Still Thinks He's 3. He Has What I Am Sure Is Arthritis Is In Right Front Shoulder And The Regular Stuff I've Gotten From Pet Meds Has Not Helped At All. I Started Giving Him Glucosamine/chondroitin That I Get @ Walgreens And It Seems To Help Quite A Bit. My Question Is When He Runs & Plays Too Much With The Great Dane Across The Street He's Sore And Limping. What Can I Give Him Otc To Quite This (i Take Advil Or Aleve For Mine). Thanks

Answer:I Would Not Use Your Advil Or Aleve. Best To Have Proper Vet Exam And Evaluation, Including X Rays If Needed For Proper Diagnosis And Long Term Treatment Plan. I Would Also Add Supplements Like Proanthozone And Yucca Intensive From 1800petmeds, As Well As Add Good Quality Fatty Acid Such As Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3

Date: 06/22/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Torn Acl

Question:Ozzy Has Left Hip Dispalsia And Apparently A Left Acl Injury, He Is On Rymadol, Joint Supplement And Tramadol. Should We Seriously Be Considering Surgery For The Acl? He Is Only A 6 Year Old Border Collie. He Doesn't Do Much Jumping, Fetching, Etc. The Meds Have The Pain Under Control And He's No Longer Limping. I Wonder About The Effects Of The Tramadol. Advice Is Welcomed.

Answer:I Would Recommend Consultation With Veterinary Orthopedist In Your Area Who Can Do Thorough Exam And Review X Rays, Etc. Most Large Breed Dogs With Complete Acl Tears Usually Do Need Surgery For Optimal Outcome, However Future Arthritis And Degenerative Joint Disease Usually Occurs In Future Down Road, As Well As They Can Also Tear The Other Acl As Well In Future. Consider Great Joint Supplements Like Super Joint Enhancer, Proanthozone, Yucca Intensive And Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 From 1800petmeds.

Date: 06/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight Loss, Restricted Use Of Hind Quarters

Question:Shih Tzu Approximately 7 Yr.s Old Has Recently Lost Weight With Most Muscle Mass Gone. He Appears To Have Trouble With His Hind Quarters When First Getting Up And Moves Unsteady. I Don't Know What To Do To Help Him. I Give Him Glucosamine/chondroitin 1,000 Mg. A Day Which Helps Some.

Answer:Needs Full Vet Exam, Blood Work And X Rays To Look For Underlying Causes From Disc/spinal Arthritis To Metabolic Disease, Etc. In Mean Time Try Proanthozone, And Yucca Intensive And Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 From 1800petmeds, Which Can Often Help When Used Long Term For Arthritis

Date: 04/10/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis Care

Question:Hello. I Have A Lab That Just Turned 15 In February. Amazing, Huh? He Does Have Arthritis And Has Been On Glucosamine And Chondritin (dasuquin With Msm) For A Few Years. We Give Him One Every Moring Along With Carprofen 100mg Prescribed By His Vet. Do You Think We Should Increase Him To 2 Tablets A Day With The Dasuquin? He Seems To Be More Frisky In The Morning Than In The Evening. Just Not Sure If This Would Benefit Him. Thanks For Your Time. Eileen C Kelly

Answer:I Would Check With Your Local Vet On This. Also Ask Local Vet About Additional Pain Meds That May Help Such As Tramadol Or Gabapentin

Date: 04/05/16
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Paw Deformity Caused By Arthritis

Question:My 6 Year Old Mini Dachshund Has Such Severe Arthritis In Her Front Paws That Her Left Paw Is Rotated And Flips Out And Her Right Paw, Though Not As Bad, Is Getting Worse All The Time. She Can No Longer Stand/walk More Than A Couple Steps. We Give Her Rimadyl/quellen Which Seems To Help With Her Pain. Is There Anything Else We Can Do For Her? Is There Surgery Or Prosthetics That May Help?

Answer:I Would Consult With A Vet Specialist In Orthopedic Surgery To Explore Your Surgical Options Here

Date: 03/24/16
Category: Allergy
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot Spots

Question:I've Tried Everything To Get To The Problem Of Why My Dog Has Hot Spots. Is It Allergies? I've Tried Nexgard, Medicated Shampoos, Anti-itch Medication, To No Avail. Guess It's Time To See About 1) Changing His Diet 2) See About If He Has Arthritis (he's 9 Y. O.). I'm At A Loss. My Vet Says Allergies And Gave Some Medicated Shampoo. Can You Steer Me In The Right Direction? Thank You.

Answer:Allergies Are Most Likely However Inhalent/contact Allergies Known As Atopy Is Much More Common Than Food Allergies. Inhalent Allergens Include Molds, Grasses, Trees Dander, House Dust Ragweed, Etc. I Would Ask Vet About New Drugs Like Atopica And Apoquel Which Are Wonderful Alternatives To Long Term Cortisone. Also Add Fatty Acid To Meals Such As Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 Fatty Acid

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