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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Dr. 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: Oct 9, 2013
Category: Cushing's Disease
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: Apr 22, 2013
Category: Cushing's Disease
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: Apr 5, 2011
Category: Cushing's Disease
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: Nov 9, 2006
Category: Cushing's Disease
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: Mar 18, 2006
Category: Cushing's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Desease

Question:How Long Will A Dog Live With Cushing Desease?

Answer:Dogs Can Live For Years Of Controlled With Medicines Like Lysodren Or Trilostane But Need Frequent Monitoring At Vet For Side Effects, Efficacy, Etc Through Blood Testing. Even With Close Monitoring Some Dogs Still Succomb To Complications Of This Disease Like Diabetes, Infections, Blood Clots, High Blood Pressure, Etc, Which Should Be Monitored For And Treated At Vet

Date: Jan 7, 2006
Category: Cushing's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushings Disease

Question:My Male Skipperke Is 9 Years Old And Has Been Diagnosed With Cushing Disease (pituitary Type). 2 Weeks Ago He Had A Grand Mal Seizure. I Took Him To My Vet And She Did Blood Work On Him. The Results Showed Everything Completely Normal, (except For The Cushings). Last Night He Had Another Seizure. Is This A Symptom Of Cushings And What Could I Expect? Will There Be More Seizures? Also Is Cushings A Fatal Disease And What Would Be The Symptomology Of This? I Do Not Want Him To Be In Any Pain At All. I Appreciate Your Help With This.

Answer:Symptoms Of Cushings In Dogs Can Indeed Vary Widely. Most Common Ones Reported(which Dont Have To Be Present In All Dogs) Include Increased Thirst/urination/appetite/panting As Well As Sometimes Pot Bellied Appearance As They Will Lose Muscle Mass Over Spine. Other Dogs Have Recurrent Skin Or Ear Infections With Sometimes Darkening Of Skin. Many Vets I Find Actually Overdiagnose This Disease Based On Simple Blood Tests But Most Important To Use Not Only Blood Tests, But Whether Dog Actually Has Symptoms Of Cushings Disease In Addition To Findings On Ultrasound Of Abdomen Looking At Adrenal Gland Size And Shape, Etc. It Is Theoretically Possible For Some Dogs With Cushings Disease To Have Seizures If Small Tumor In Pituitary Enlarges But Not A First Line Symptom I See In General Practice. Get Second Opinion From Vet Specialist In Internal Medicine In Your Area If Needed

Date: Jan 6, 2006
Category: Cushing's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Desease

Question:I Took My Male Yorky To The Vet To Get His Teeth Cleaned For The First Time. He Is Going To Be 5 In May.she Had To Draw Blood For The Proceedure. The Results Was A Very High Emzime Level. She Feels It Is Cushing Desease. He Has A Pot Belly And Has Thin Legs And Is Being Treated For A Thyroid Condition. He Is Very Happy Dog And Is Very Active. He Likes To Eat Alot If We Let Him. I'm Not Sure About The Peeing Part. I Guess He Might Pee More That Usual. The Dr Wants Us To Get A Urine Sample From Him. That Will Be A Trick Becuse He Doesn't Lift His Leg.do You Have Any Advise On That And If They Do Find That He Has This.what Will Happen To Him? He Doesn't Have Any Hair Loss Or Any Skin Problems At All. Is This Cushing Desease? Or What?

Answer:I Would Be Careful And Do Indeed Ask Alot Of Questions To Your Vet About His/her Tentative Diagnosis Of Cushings. Many Vets Erroneously Diagnose This Disease Just Based On High Lab Values When Most Important Part Of Diagnosis Is Whether Patient Has Symptoms Of Cushings Disease. Certainly A Urine Sample Is Important Part Of Workup As Most If Not All Dogs With Cushings Have More Dilute Urine. Also Have Blood Pressure Measured At Vet As Many Cushings Dogs Have High Blood Pressure. Also Specific Blood Tests Like Acth Stim Test Or Low Dose Dex Suppression Test Can Be Done In Addition To Ultrasound To Look At Adrenal Gland Size And Shape Before Making Any Sort Of Diagonsis. Want To Be Absolutely Sure In This Young Dog As Treatment Can Have Side Effecs. Urine Sample Can Be Gotten At Vet If Needed.

Date: Dec 30, 2005
Category: Cushing's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cushing Disease

Question:My Parents Have A Dachsund That Is Ten Years Old And Has Cushing Disease They Have Tried All Kind Of Meds And The Dog Just Keeps Getting Worse. He Won't Eat Anything Accept Turkey. And Now Their Vet Wants Them To Try A Drug Called Trilostane And I Can Find Nothing Anywhere About This Drug. Can You Tell Me Anything About This Drug And If They Are Wasting Their Time And Money

Answer:There Have Been Some Good Reports About Tilostane In The Literature, However It Is Not Available In The U.s.


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