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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: 08/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodex

Question:I Know Every Dog Has This. But It Can Become Worse If For Example Of Cushing Disease. I Think Is Because He Is Stressed Can The Be A Reason? Because He Is Healthy Dog. We Feed Our Pitbull Natural Balance. He Is An Inside Dog. But When We Leave Out The House Like Couple Hrs A Day We Lock Him In A Good Size 10x10 Restroom. Could That Be Stressing Him That Bad The Get Cushing Disease?

Answer:Cushings May Cause An Immune Suppressed State That May Lead To Overgrowth Of Demodex Mites On Rare Occasion, But This Disease And Condition Typically Occurs In Older Patients. Stress May Cause Lots Of Diseases By Not As Far As We Know Cushings Disease

Date: 03/24/14
Category: Hormonal/Endocrine
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: American Eskimo

Question:My Dog Is 11 Years Old 55 Pounds, Back In Feb 3 He Started Drinking And Urinating Lots. Took Him To Vet, He Ran All Tests And X Ray And Concluded He Has Cushing Disease. Pituitary. Feb 7th Started On Vetoryl 20mg For 10 Days, Without Any Improvement 7 Days Later Vet Did An Ultrasound. He Said Nothing Abnormal In The Liver, Kidneys So He Decide To Also Give Him Clavaseptin Antibiotic. Two Weeks Later He Increased The Vetoryl To 60 Mg And 5 Days Later Increased To 90 Mg. My Dog Has Been On 90 Mg For 10 Days Now And No Improvement On Urinating, Drinking, He Is Very Weak. Now He Wants To Do Cthc Test Again. I Think That I Need To Get Second Opinion. Please Help.

Answer:I Would Indeed Get Second Opinion As This Dose Of Vetaryl Very High In Dog This Age. I Would Consider Having Vet Internist Specialist In Internal Medicine Input On This, As May Need Ultrasound As Well To Assess Adrenal Glands And Other Abdominal Organs.

Date: 10/27/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Dieases

Question:My Dog Has Cushing Dieases Sheis On Enalapril And Cerenia One Is For High Blood Pressure The Other Is For Motion Sickness My Dog Had Lost Weight She Will Not Eat And I'm Having A Very Hard Time Getting The Blood Pressur Pill In Her My Vet Does Not Want Me To Give The Medication For Cushing Until She Is Eating Any Help To Get My Shetuz To Eat Will Be Helpful I Feel Like My Dog Is Dieing Nothing Is Working Please Help Thank You

Answer:You Need To Have Vet Recheck If Appetite Has Stopped, As Sometimes Blood Pressure Medicine Can Affect Liver And/or Kidneys. Needs Blood Work Again

Date: 10/09/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Syndrome

Question:Why Pot-belly Condition Occurs In Cushing Syndrome In Dogs?

Answer:This Is Because Excessive Cortisol In Blood Causes Fat Distention Of Abdomen, As Well As Muscle Wasting Over Spine, Leading To Pot Belly Appearance.

Date: 04/22/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Disease

Question:Rusty, Cocker Spaniel 17 Years Old...heavy Panting Sounding Like Throat Is Hurting, Excessive Water Drinking And Uncontrollable Urinating. Is This Cushing Disease, He Has Large Belly, Lumps And Skin Knots All Over Especially On His Head. Is Treatment Expensive And Is It Painful For My Dog. What Is The Normal Treatment For This. Diabetes Ruled Out By Vet. High Cell Count And 1000 Alkaline Phosphate Level.

Answer:Cushings Disease Is Possible And Can Be Ruled In Or Outr With Blood Tests. Treatment Not Too Bad With Newer Drug Called Vetaryl.

Date: 01/15/12
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Aging With Health Issues

Question:Casey Has Cushing Disease. He Has Had The Issue For Awhile. We Decided Not To Proceed With The Treatment Due To His Age. He Is 16 Years Old,But Still Has Spunk. He Also Has Bone And Joint Problems As Well As Dental And Hearing Issues. He Eats Well And Is Active With Our Other Dogs. In Other Words He Still Is A Active Member Of The Family. He Rests Well Most Of The Time. However, He Sometimes Shakes As If He Is In Pain. We Give Him 81 Mg Aspirin During These Times. My Question Is ,How Much And How Often Should We Give Him Aspirin? Also, Is There Anything Else We Could Give Him? He Is A Great Dog And A Fighter. Thanks.

Answer:Aspirin At 81 Mg Once To Twice Daily With Food Can Be Given. Also Consider Joint Supplement Such As Super Joint Enhancer From 1800petmeds As Well As Antioxidant Called Proanthozone.

Date: 04/05/11
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing

Question:My Dog Is 14yr Old Has Cushing Diease Anything To Make Him Comfortable /

Answer:Ask Your Vet About Treatment With Approved Drugs Lysodren Or Vetaryl(trilostane) To Treat The Condition If Your Pet Is Symptomatic Of The Disease.

Date: 02/18/08
Category: Seizure Disorder
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seizure Disorder

Question:My Border Collie Started Having Seizures In Oct.2007 He Was Put On Phenobarb 100mg 2times A Day Then In Oct He Had Seizures 3 Within 4hours We Took Him To A All Night Vet While There He Had Another Seizure That Made 4 In 5 Hours He Was Kept For 2 Days He Was Then Placed On Potassium Bromide 500mg 2times A Day With The Phenobarb He Did Will For About 2 Months Then Had A Seizure He Had Swizure In Jan. And One Feb 15. The Vet Has Also Got Him On Denamarin And Trilostane Because He Did The Test For Cushing And Told Me That He Also Has Cushing And This Could Be The Reason He Is Having Seizures Again Any Help Or In Put Would Help All Blood Work Has Come Back In The Normal Range

Answer:I Think This One Is Best Looked At By Vet Internist Or Specialist. Ask Your Vet For Referral To One In Your Area To Review Workup And Meds Thus Far

Date: 03/13/07
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Disease

Question:My 15 Year Old "snoodle" Started Breathing Loud, Throwing Up After She Ate. Quite Hungry All The Time. I Brought Her In , They Did Blood Work, Her Liver Level Was Elevated. Low Sugar Level. While Trying To Do An Xray She Became Distressed And Had To Be Given Oxygen. Vet "thinks" She Has Cushing Disease. She Also Has A Heart Murmur. I Give Her Very Small Amounts Of Dog Food In Hopes She Keeps It Down. Vet Wants Me To Give Her Meds To Stop Her From Throwing Up. Is There Anything Else I Can Do. I Hate To See Her This Way.

Answer:You Need Proper Diagnosis. If Indicated, A Blood Test For Cushings Disease Can Be Done. Also In Pet This Age An Ultrasound Should Be Done In Addition To Full Blood Work/urine Analysis So That Full Picture Is Evaluated And Proper Diagnosis(es) Are Made

Date: 03/07/07
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Disease

Question:I Was Told 6 Years Ago That My Terrier Dog Had Cushing Disease And They Wanted To Give Some Medicine But It Could Cause Diarrhea And Other Side Effects. I Did Not Do Anything. After 6 Years She Seems The Same Way Except She Is Drinking Alot Of Water Ad Has A Pot Belly As She Eats Alot. She Is Almost 12 Years Old Now, What Is The Lifetime Of A Dog With This Disease.

Answer:Actually Your Pet Has Already Outlived Expectancy With This Disease If It Was Truly Present Several Years Ago. I Would See Vet Again For Retesting. Also Might Address Other Complcations Of This Condition Like High Blood Pressure, Secondary Bacterial Infections, Diabetes, Etc. You Need To Take Your Pet Back To Vet For Blood/urine Tests To Sort These Other Factors Out Now.

Date: 11/09/06
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing (pituitary Type)

Question:I Have A Chihuahua With Cushing He Had Testing And Has A Very Good Dr. Who Has Look Into Everything He Can About This For Us. His Appetite Is Ravenous Even, Peeing A Lot Drinking A Lot Pot Bellied, Does Not Sleep Under Cover Any More Hot All The Time. Pants More Then He Use To. He Appears Extremely Uncomfortable With His Belly. He Is Also On Medication For Thyroid Condition, Has A Heart Murmur That Is On A Scale Of 0 To 6 About A 3 . I Am Trying To Find The Symptoms Of The Various Stages. I Realize Not All Cases Are The Same I'm Not Asking For His Life Span, I Know It Is Not Good Already. 1. I Would Like To Know When To Give Medication To Make Him More Comfortable. 2. Is There Anything That Will Help His Ravenous Appetite. He Was Suppose To Start Loosing Weight When The Tyroid Medication Started But We Guess Because Of The Cushing He Has Not. We Try To Cut Down On Food But He Thinks He Is So Hungrey. He Has Had Stones Removed From His Bladder. He Is A Larger Than Usual Chihuahua Anyway Between 10 And 13 Is Not Over Weight For His Size Structure. He Is 18 To 19 Lbs Now. Any Help I'm Sure Were Be Great For Myself And Our Vet

Answer:Additional Medications Would Be Determined By Results Of Cushings Treatment Monitoring Tests. Perhaps Not Getting Right Or Enough Of Medicine To Control Signs Of Cushings.. This In Turn Will Help His Ravenous Appetite. Cushings Control Best Done With Periodic Acth Stim Blood Tests At Your Vet. As Fro Heart Murmur, The Presence And Intensity Of Murmur Has No Correlation With Severity Of Any Heart Condition. Only Echocardiogram Can Determine This. Also Consider Having Your Vet Measure Your Pets Blood Pressure As Many Dogs With Cardiovascular Disease Or Cushings Often Have High Blood Pressure Which Also Needs To Be Addressed.

Date: 10/25/06
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Nasal Drainage

Question:We Have A 15 Year Old Miniature Schnauser That Has Cushing Desease. Lately She Seems To Be Having A Lot Of Nasal Drainage And It Has An Odor And Crust Around Her Nose. I Can Clean Her Nose And Overnight It Crust Up Again. When She Breathes It Has A Gurgling Sound At Times. Can This Be A Reaction Of The Desease Or An Allergy? If It Continues I Will Be Bringing Her To The Vet But Running All These Test Is Becoming Costly At Her Age Even Though We Love Her Dearly.

Answer:It Is Possible Because Of Suppressed Immune System To Have Secondary Bacterial Or Viral Infection Of Nasal Passages. Might Need Prescription For Good Oral Antibiotic Like Baytril, Clavamox, Etc Best To Have Seen By Vet For Assessment

Date: 10/05/06
Category: Hormonal/Endocrine
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushings Disease

Question:I Have A Female Cairn Terrier 9 Years Old. She Has Been Taking Soloxine And Medrol For Several Years Now Do To A Thyroid Problem And Alergies. We Just Took Her To Her Vet,(a Very Good One). She Has Lost Alot Of Her Fur And Has A Bit Of A Belly. She Breaths Very Heavy Sometimes And Is Now Drinking Five Times As Much Water As Usual. She Also Can`t Control Her Bladder Anymore. The Doctor Says She Mostly Likely Has Cushing Disease And After A Urine Test Found That She Had A High Suger Count Meaning Dibetes And An Indication That She Is Losing Muscle Tissue In The Urine. My Question Is: We Can`t Afford To Do Much For Her, That Being The Case,What Can We Do To Make The Rest Of Life Comfortable And Maybe A Bit Longer? We Will Not Try To Keep Her Alive Any Longer Than Is Best For Her. Thank You John W. Lewis

Answer:The First Thing Mr Lewis Is That Your Pet Has To Be Tapered Off The Prednisone As Long Term Use Of This Drug Can Lead To And /or Worsen Diabetes. You Will Have To Look For Other Alternatives Such As Antihistamines Or Drug Like Atopica. Try Home Made Diet As Described In Book Dr. Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, And Follow Some Of His Supplement Recommendations Which Should Help Energy. Of Course Insulin Injections Will Be Needed As Well

Date: 09/18/06
Category: Antifungal/Antiprotozoal
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Disease

Question:My Westie Has Cushing ,She,S Been On Nizoral For About Six Years, My Vet Now Wants To Change Her Medication What Would You Recommend

Answer:I Dont Have Alot Of Experience Using Nizoral Or Ketoconazole As I Usually Use Lysodren(mitotane) And Newer Drug Called Trilostane, Which I Have Had Great Results With. However If Your Dog Is Successfully Controlled, I Dont Understand The Necessity Or Why The Need To Change?

Date: 07/27/06
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Disease

Question:My 13 Yr Old Lab Has Been Diagnosed With Cushing Disease. For All I Have Read, It Seems That This Is A High Maintanance Disease. I Can Not Afford All The Tests And Medicines My Vet Has Recomended. What Is The Best Thing I Can Do In This Circumstances? I Want Her To Be As Confortable And As Pain Free As Possible For As Long As Possible. What Is Your Advise?

Answer:If You Really Cant Afford All Of The Testing, Drugs, Etc Then Consider Working With Holistic Vet Www.theavh.org Or Www.altvetmed.org To Work On Supplements, Diet, Etc. See Book Dr. Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd. Supplements From Company Called Standard Process Can Be Helpful Like Drenamin, Pituitrophin Pmg, As Well As Flower Essences From Health Food Store Like Olive Can Be Helpful Here. For Standard Process Products You Will Need To See Holistic Minded Vet Who Can Order Them For You

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