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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: 10/02/16
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: 09/19/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:My Daughter Took In A Kitten Whose Mother Was On The Streets. Unfortunately, When She Moved, He Had To Come Here And Was Housed On My Porch, Which Is Enclosed. He Is Approximately Two Years Old Now And Has Been Wormed Regularly, And Has Been Treated Routinely For Fleas And Ticks Since His Arrival At My Home (approximately A Year Ago); However, Until Recently He Had Not Been Vaccinated. While On The Porch, He Steadily Lost Weight, Though He Had A Good Appetite And Showed No Other Signs Of Illness. Due To Significant Weight Loss (which Another Cat Also Displayed When Isolated There), We Thought It Best To Find Him A Home Where He Could Get Lots Of Love And Attention. (fyi: The Other Cat, When Brought Inside, Gained Weight Steadily And Is Now Probably Heavier Than She Should Be. It Was Not Feasible To Bring This One In As I Already Had A Male Cat Inside.) Long Story Short, In Order To Live In The Apartment Complex Of His New Owner, He Needed To Have A Rabies And Feline Leukemia Shot. We Got These A Week Ago And Also Wormed Him Again. She Recently Took Him To A Vet Because Of His Weight And Also Because Of Loose Stools (which May Be Due To A Change In Diet And Transition). The Vet Did Blood Work And Indicated He Had Feline Leukemia. I Realize This Could Have Been Contracted As A Kitten (due To Background) And Lay Dormant But How Common Is A False Positive And Could The Recent Vaccine Have Impacted The Results Of The Blood Work? Also, Are Our Other Adult Cats (approximately 6 And 9 Years) At Risk? They Have Never Been Vaccinated For This. One Has Always Been Inside. The Other Moved To The Porch Approximately Three Years Ago Following An Injury And Then Inside When My Daughter's Cat Arrived.

Answer:Occasionally Fvric Vaccinations Can Trigger False Positives On Feline Leukemia Tests, But Not Common. Also I Always Confirm In House Site Test Feline Leukemia Virus Tests Done Directly At Vet Office, With A Confirmation Test To Outside Lab Such As An Ifa Test, Or Pcr Test Which Is More Accurate Than Screening Test. If Kitten Truly Positive, I Would Explore More Holistic Options For Long Term Care; See The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, As Well As Info On Www.doctordym.com Traditional Vet Medicine Does Not Have Much To Offer For Chronic Infected Feline Leukemia Virus Cats

Date: 08/12/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting/weightloss/not Eating

Question:My Dog Is Not Eating He Barely Even Tastes The Food And If He Does Eat He Just Vomits Everything Back Out He Has A Severe Weight Loss What Do I Do?!!

Answer:I Would Strongly Recommend A Full Veterinary Exam And Evaluation To Include Blood Work And Possibly X Rays Which Will Determine Appropriate Treatment Asap

Date: 07/16/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Our 7 Year Old Black Lab Is Excessively Losing Hair. Big Clumps. There's No Bald Spots. She Is On A Special Prescription Diet For Pancreatitis And Seems To Be Doing Much Better On It. She's Lost Weight And Has No More Gas. We Had To Put Our 8 Yr. Keeshond Down On Thursday And They Were Very Close. He Had Advanced Stage Liver Disease. I Know She Is Very Depressed Over Losing Him And Has Stopped Eating Too. Do You Think The Hair Loss Could Be A Result Of The Pancreatitis Or Should We Take Her To The Vet For Blood Work? Any Other Suggestions? Thank You.

Answer:Best To Take Her To Vet For Evaluation Of Underlying Metabolic Issues, Including Pancreatic Issues And/or Hormonal Issues Like Low Thyroid, Or Adrenal Gland Issue Involved Here. I Would Also Supplement With Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds And Lecithin Granules From Health Food Store.

Date: 07/12/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Small Liver

Question:I Have Recently Moved And Switched Vets For My 5 Yr Old Male Lab. I Needed To Update His Shots And Was Concerned About His Weight Loss As He Is Extremely Active. Following Many Blood Tests, Identification Of An Elevated Liver Enzyme And An X-ray...($700 Plus)... My Lab Has A Small Liver. May Have Shunts...next Step Is Ultrasound. I Love All Of My Animals From Canines To Equines To Orphaned Critters... I Would Like To Know If There Is A Liver Support Food Or Supplement. Thank You!!! Alyssa Bellows Bellows.alyssa@yahoo.com 386.679.0420

Answer:Hi Alyssa. I Am Sorry To Hear Of Your Pet's Recent Diagnosis. There Are Many Possible Excellent Liver Supplements And Support Nutritionals, Diets, Etc, As Well As Constitutional Homeopathy That May Be Helpful To Your Pet. Please Dont Vaccinate Him Further, As That Will Only Stress His Immune System More, And/or Accelerate His Current Chronic Disease. You May Want To Consult With A Holistic Veterinarian Who Can Hopefully Work With You To More Chronically Treat This Moving Forward, If Diagnosis Is That Severe, In Order To Enhance Quality Of Life And Longevity. To Learn More About Holistic Veterinary Medicine See Www.doctordym.com Many Holistic Veterinarians Do Offer Phone Consultations, But You Want To Make Sure They Are Properly Trained

Date: 06/26/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick Dog

Question:Hello I Have A Pit Bull She Is 11 Months And Thr Runt Of The Litter Which Has Caused Her To Not Get Very Big Shes Only 40 Lbs Max And Is A Medium Sized Dog. Recently With In The Last 4 Days She Has Been Throwing Up She Wont Eat I Can Barely Get Her To Drink Water To Stay Hydrated Shes Had A Massive Weight Loss And She Wont Hardly Get Off The Couch. I Was Eondering If You Could Help Me Out By Letting Me Know If I Should Take Her To A Vet Or Try Some Home Remidees First. If Its Something,Serious I Would Like To Get Her In As Soon As Possible Thank You For Your Time.

Answer:Based On Your Description, It Sounds Like The Symptoms Are Quite Severe, Given Her Age, And As I Dont Know Her Vaccination Status, She Should Be Taken To Vet Asap For Evaluation For Dehydration, Blockages, And/or Viral Infections, Such As Parvo Virus Which Is Common In This Breed Under One Year Of Age

Date: 06/02/16
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Increased Urination/thirst

Question:My Friend Dog Has Increased Urination Which Is A Lot Of Urine And Having Accidents, Drinking A Lot, Gained Weight/swelling And Seems Little More Depressed. Does He Possibly Have Diabetes?

Answer:Diabetes Is Possible, As Well As Other Hormonal Issues, Especially Cushings Disease, A Disease Of The Adrenals. A Full Vet Exam And Workup Is Needed To Sort These Out And Best Treatment Plan Diabetes Usually Causes Weight Loss

Date: 05/04/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight Loss Fast

Question:My Dog Got Cataracts In Both Eyes And She Loss Weight Fast What Can I Do

Answer:Needs Veterinary Exam Asap For Proper Eye Exam And Likely Blood Work And Urine Analysis Testing To Make Sure Your Pet Does Not Have Underlying Metabolic Diseases Causing The Cataracts, Such As Diabetes, Which Is A Common Cause Of Cataracts In Dogs. Pending The Results Of Those Tests, And A Specific Diagnosis Of The Eye Issue, A Consultation With A Veterinary Eye Specialist May Be Needed, If Cataract Surgery Is Needed Or Other More Specific Prescription Eye Medications

Date: 04/05/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Overweight

Question:Hi, I Was Recently Told By Our Vet That My 5 Year Old German Shepherd Cross Is About 15 Pounds Overweight. He Suggested A Prescription Diet On Hills Metabolic Dog, But I Don't Think This Is The Best Option. I Was Wondering If You Have Any Suggestions Of Good Weight Loss Natural Dog Foods For Him. I Realized His Food Right Now Has A High Calorie Content. Please Let Me Know Of Your Best Suggestions. He Is An Active Dog, I Believe The Main Issue Concerning His Weight Is His Diet.

Answer:I Would Prefer You Feed Him A Low Carb Diet Appropriate For His Breed At Home. See Www.k9petchef.com Or Book Dr Pitcairn's Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn For Suggestions. Starch Free Diet Like Wysong Epigen Diet Also A Possibility From 1800petmeds

Date: 03/24/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:What Are The Sign

Answer:Signs Of Diabetes Include Increased Thirst/urination And Weight Loss

Date: 03/17/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Unexplained Weight Loss

Question:I Have A 9 Y/o Neutered Male Indoor Cat Who Has Inexplicably Gone From Being Overweight (estimated 17-18#) To Now 12.4# At Last Vets Visit With A Drop Of 0.4# In The Past Month. He Is A Large Framed Cat And Currently Eats And Drinks As He Normally Does And There Are No Recent Changes In Activity Level Or His Environment. His Blood And Labs Are Normal ( Slight Low Wbc Count) And I Have Had An Additional Free T4 Test Done As Well That Came Back Normal And A Combo / Fiv Test That Came Back Negative. He Looks And Acts Healthy But The Weight Loss Is A Cause For Concern As It Is Significant. Any Advice Would Be Appreciated - Thank You.

Answer:He Most Likely Has Some Sort Of Intestinal/digestive/tract Or Pancreatic Disease. You Could Ask Your Vet To Have A Feline Pli To Check For Chronic Pancreatitis, As Well As Consider Ultrasound, Etc. Inflammatory Bowel Disease And/or Diffuse Lymphoma Are Also Possible So A Further Gi Workup Is Recommended

Date: 02/23/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Other
Topic: Can I Take My Dog's Ursoidol?

Question:Hi, I Recently Underwent Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (vsg). Everything Went Smoothly And 1-week Post-op, I Feel Great. But, The Doctor Did Not Prescribe Me Anything To Prevent Gallstones. I Really Don't Want To Have My Gall Bladder Removed And Introduce 4 New Incisions. I Found Ursodiol On A Vet Meds Website Which Sells It Otc Versus Prescription (i Don't Have Insurance). Would It Be Fine For Me To Take 1-2 Of These Per Day For 4-6 Months To Help Prevent Gallstones Even Though They Are Technically Made For Pets? Http://www.vetrxdirect.com/product/view/ursodiol-ursodeoxycholic-acid-capsules-for-pets/variation-450 Here Is The Double-blind Trial Showing The Highly Effectiveness Of Ursodeoxycholic Acid In Prevent Gallstones After Weight Loss Surgery: Http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1356148/

Answer:I Would Not Take Any Medications, For Dogs Or Humans Without Consulting With Your Primary Physician. I Cant Advise You On This

Date: 02/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss On Tail

Question:2 Yr Old Old English Sheepdog/poodle Mix Has Had Polymyositis For Most Of His Life And Has Been On 10mg Prednisone Daily To Keep His Ck Levels In Check. He Has Suddenly Started Losing Hair On His Tail. Checked For Thyroid, Fleas, Mange And All Ok. Antiobiotics Didn't Help Much. How Do You Check For Cushings When He Is On Prednisone For So Long? Other Symptoms Include Weight Gain, Large Belly But These Could All Be From The Prednisone. Thank You For Any Ideas.

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vets To Do Ultrasound Of Adrenals To Check Size, Etc, As Well As You Could Have Skin Biopsy As Well To Check For Hormonal Patterns Of Hair Loss In Biopsy. I Would Supplement Him With Lignans And Melatonin, Which Are Natural Treatments For Cushings, Which Wont Hurt If He Does Not Have It Either. See Www.lignansforlife.com To Learn More

Date: 12/29/15
Category: Vitamins/Nutritional Supplements
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: 12 Yr Old Cat

Question:My 12 Year Old Cat Seems Healthy, But Is Thin. He Is A House Cat And Is Active. He Eats Mostly Canned Food And Also Some Dry Food And Treats. He Does Not Gain Weight. What Can I Give Him That Might Help Him Gain A Little Weight? Let Me Know, Thanks Richard Kourbage

Answer:He Needs Full Veterinary Exam And Evaluation, Including Cbc/chemistry/thyroid Blood Tests, As Well As Urine Analysis To See If Any Underlying Medical Or Metabolic Issues Causing Weight Loss Before I Can Advise

Date: 12/22/15
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sudden Weight Gain

Question:My Cheweenie, Pixie, Has Always Been A Very Picky Eater And Was Very Slim And Active. She Has Weighed Around 3.5 Pounds Her Entire Life. She's Around 10-11 Years Old Now And We Have Suddenly Noticed She Is Constantly Hungry And She Has Gained Around 5 Pounds In Just A Few Months. We Are In The Process Of Worming Her Because My Husband Thinks That's What It Is But I Think She Is Just Getting Older. She Exhibits Absolutely No Sign Of Distress Or Pain Whatsoever. No Change In Bowel Movements, No Vomiting, Nothing That Concerns Us Other Than The Weight Gain. What Is Your Opinion?

Answer:I Doubt It Is Worms In A Dog This Age, As Worms Usually Cause Weight Loss If They Are A Problem, Which Is Rare In S A Small Breed At This Age. I Would See Your Local Vet For Exam, Stool Check And Blood Work To Look For Underlying Causes Of The Symptoms For Proper Treatment

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