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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: 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.

Date: Oct 30, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Outside The Anus Swelling

Question:My Dog Has A Slightly Bloody But Mostly Pussie Secretion Around Her Anus. It's Up Around The 1oclock Area. There Is Slight Swelling On The Right Side When Looking At It But Not Directly In The Anus But More Outside Area Of It. No Blood In The Anus Or In Her Stool. And When I Wiped Her Earlier To Help Clean It Up Some She Seemed Not To Mind And Was In No Pain At All. thanks

Answer:Could Be Anal Gland Infection Or Possibly Draining Abscess Best To Take To Vet For Proper Exam And Evaluation

Date: Oct 19, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Leg Wound Wrap

Question:My Vet Insists On Wrapping The Paw In Addition To The Leg Wound In Spite Of The Fact That The Areas Between The Pads Are Red And Sore When He Changes The Bandage. Please Advise

Answer:I Would Recommend Second Opinion From Another Vet In Your Area Who Can Look At Paw Directly For Second Opinion. Not Something I Can Advise On From Here

Date: Oct 13, 2016
Category: Arthritis
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: Oct 13, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Swelling On Outside

Question:What Can I Do To Remedy Ear Swelling. Appears Painful. Cat Is Shaking Head Alot. thanks

Answer:Not Much You Can Do At Home Other Than Oral Antihistamines Such As Chlorphenirimine At Dose Of 2 Mg Twice Daily. Should See Vet For Direct Visual Exam As May Have Secondary Yeast Or Bacterial Infection, As Well As Possible Ear Hematoma, Which Is Broken Blood Vessel In Ear, Which May Need Surgical Drainage.


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