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Dr. Michael Dym
Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 10/07/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:I Have A 9 Yr Old Jack Russell Terrier Who Is Going Through Chemo Therapy Since April For His Lymphoma, Had Pancreatitis In May 2016 And Was Recently A Few Days Ago Restarted On Insulin. We Changed His Current Food From Royal Canin Satiety Control To Hill Diet Weight/glucose Control. Can His Current Condition Improve And Not Need An Insulin? Are There Anything Else I Can Do To Help His Diet And Improve His Sugar Level.

Answer:Most Of Time, Dogs Need To Stay On Insulin Life Long. You Could Explore More Holistic Options, As Well As Proper Home Prepared And Balanced Diets, Which In My Opinion Are Much Healthier For Dogs Than Processed Commercial Diets. See The Book Dr Pitcairn's Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd For Great Suggestions And Home Recipes, As Well As You Can See The Website Www.k9petchef.com Which Is A Great Service By My Friend And Nutritionist Chef Loreen Playford. Feel Free To Contact Her, As She May Be Able To Make An Individualized Recipe For You, Based On Your Dog's Breed And Diabetes Condition

Date: 10/02/16
Category: Grooming
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Stopped Grooming Since Getting Diabetes

Question:My 12 Y.o.female Cat Was Diagnosed With Diabetes 2 Months Ago. She Used To Be A Fastidious Groomer But Has Stopped. Can I Kick-start This Behavior? Is There Any Non-bath Method I Can Use To Clean Her?

Answer:I Would More Focus On Improving Her Digestive And Pancreatic Health By Feeding A Species Appropriate Diet I.e Low Carb, Or Starch Free Diet , Preferably A Home Prepared Meat Based Diet As Described In The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier. If That Is Not Possible, Then Consider Natural Commercial Option Like Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. I Would Also Make Sure You Are Working With Your Local Veterinarian In Getting Sugar Under Control Through Appropriate Sugar Monitoring And/or Insulin Dose Adjustments. I Would Also Put Her On Digestive Supplements Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds, As Well As Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3.

Date: 08/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetic Dog - Diet

Question:My Tekel Is 12 Years Old And I Have Been Giving Her Insulin Shots For Diabetes Twice A Day For The Last 4 Years. She Is Doing Well - But I Live Overseas And Getting Her Medicine Is Difficult. I Also Give Her Vetoryl Once A Day. Are There Dietary Options And/or Other Options For Treatment That I Might Want To Consider?

Answer:See The Information On The Lignans For Pets Which Will Discuss Holistic Options For Cushings. Also The Website Www.petwellbeing.com I Would Not Stop Traditional Treatment, However Unless Your Pet Is Under Care Of A Local Vet

Date: 07/31/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetic Dog

Question:Hello, My Dog Has Diabetes. She Has A Horrible Habit Of Eating Trash And Usually Gives Her Bloody Diarrhea For Two-three Days, But On Day Two She Ate Granola Bars From Bag.(fig Bars And A Raw Eating Bar) All Day Yesterday She Would Eat But Throw Up(not Immediately, Hour Or Two Later) And Just Randomly Like No Warning. I Went To The Store And Came Back To Loads Of Bile And The Can Food I Gave Her( She Won't Eat Rice) Thrown Up On Her Dogs Bed And Bile All Over The Floor. I've Fed Her Honey Just Incase. She's Still Walking Around Like Normal And She Still Has A Small Amount Of Liquid Blood Diarrhea. Because My Dog Often Eats Things She Shouldnt( She Knocks Stuff Over To Get To It) So I'm Trying To Avoid Another Expensive Vet Bill For A Sensitive Stomach But I Wanted To See If It Could Be Because Of Her Diabetes?

Answer:Dogs With Diabetes Can Vomit For Many Reasons, Including Chronic Low Level Pancreatitis And/or Other Digestive Or Other Infections Or Inflammations. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Full Vet Workup Is Needed.

Date: 07/23/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:Our 7 Year Old Westie Was Just Diagnosed With Diabetes Along With A Bout Of Pancreatitis 7-7-16, He Spent 7 Days In The Animal Hospital Icu, We Are Grateful To Have Him Home Again. There Are A Couple Of Concerns, #1 His Glucose Levels Run Very High (mostly In The High 400). Last Friday I Did A Curve At Home For The Vet And She Added 1 Unit To Bring It To 6 Units Twice A Day. Our Dog Is Not And Never Has Been Over Weight, And Now Is Very Thin Because He Was So Sick. #2 I Think Because He Is Only Eating Boiled Chicken Breast And No Fiber He Is Not Pooping. Any Ideas And Or Suggestion Would Be Very Welcomed

Answer:I Would Make Sure You Get Consultation With Vet Internist Or Specialist In Internal Medicine To Have Ultrasound, Urine Culture, Etc To Make Sure No Complicating Factors And That Full Workup Has Been Done Appropriately. I Personally Prefer Fresh Home Made Diets As Ideal Option To The Processed Commercial Garbage Sold In Vet Offices. See Www.k9petchef.com And Chef Loreen For Individualized Diet And Recipe Based On Condition, Sex, Age And Breed

Date: 07/17/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Blood In The Urine

Question:I Just Find Out My Dog Has Diabetes My Vet Has Him On 4 Units Of Insulin He Is Still Drinking Urinate A Lot We Have Him In Diapers Took It Off This Morning And It Is Full Of Blood Check Him Outside And Is It Is Pure Red Coming Out Of His Urine.

Answer:Best To Have Vet Recheck And Urine Culture To See If Resistant Bacterial Infection And/or X Rays To Make Sure No Bladder Stones. Regulating Diabetics Takes Time And Patience, And You Should Be Following Up With Your Local Vet For Blood Sugar Measurements And/or Insulin Adjustments

Date: 07/15/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Diabetes/pancreatitis

Question:My 16 Yo Cat Has Diabetes Related To Pancreatitis. I Have His Diabetes Under Control But He Eats Quite Often And Is Not Gaining Any Weight Back. He Was Always A Slim Cat But With No Thyroid Issues. I Feed Him Mostly A Variety Of Grain-free Canned Foods. He Didn't Care Much For The Special Diabetes Dry Food. His Stools Are Normal But Large (he Doesn't Get Constipated). Thanks

Answer:You May Want To Ask Your Vet To Run Blood Test To Check Him For Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency, Which Can Occasionally Accompany Diabetes And/or Pancreatitis Cases. This Test Is Called A Tli Test, You Should Also Ask For A Vitamin B12/folate Blood Test As Well At Same Time And Which Is Often Due With This Test. If This Is Nonremarkable, An Abdominal Ultrasound Can Be Done To Check For Other Diseases Like Feline Triatiditis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Etc. I Personally Prefer Home Made Meat Based Diets, As Described In The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier. I Still Find Many Cats Like This Can Be Helped Occasionally With Good Probiotics Added To Meals And Enzymes Such As Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds And Fortilflora

Date: 07/07/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Diabetic Cat

Question:My 13 Yr Old Persian Is Currently Getting Insulin Subq Twice A Day Along With Glucose Checks. His Diabetes Is Pretty Well Managed Since We Started Him On Insulin. He Stays Within The 100s And Some Days Gets To 200s But Not Often. We Follow A Chart According To His Blood Sugars And It Will Say How Much Of A Dose To Give Him. I Have Noticed On The Days That When He Is Under 150 To Give Him Insulin. But When We Do End Up Giving Him Insulin Regardless If He Eats Well Or Not He Drops To The 20's And He Seems Somewhat Okay, Maybe A Little Lethargic But He Drops So Low And It Makes Me So Nervous! I Understand That Pro Zinc Insulin Is Long Acting And I Notice If We Don't Give Him Any Units He Gets In The 200 Range But If We Do Give Him Some Insulin He Goes As Low As In The 20s! I Feel As Though We Are Overdosing Him On Insulin. Is There A Better Solution As To Keep Him From Dropping So Low? I Also Want Him To Be Well Controlled And Don't Want Him To Get Too High Either.

Answer:You May Want To Consider A Prescription Diabetic Diet From Your Vet, Which May Help In Management And Can Sometimes Avoid Insulin. Also Can Consider Low Carb Diet As Well. I Prefer Home Made Meat Based Diets See The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier

Date: 06/07/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:My Dog Is Constantly Crying And Begging For Food - Stands In The Kitchen Alone Crying For Food For Hours. She Is Urinating More And Drinking More Water. She Isn't Her 'usual Self' And Lies On The Floor At Times - She Never Laid On The Floor Before - Always On The Couch Etc. She Also Growls And Snarls More. She Is A Toy Poodle, 10 Yrs Old. I Had Baseline Lab Work Done Yesterday Because I Had Previously Had A Dog With Way Out Of Control Diabetes Before She Was Diagnosed. My Dog's Blood Sugar Was 138. I Know This Isn't Really High, However, Past Blood Sugars Have Never Been Elevated. Could She Be In The Early Stages Of Diabetes? My Vet I Had For Years Died A Year Ago And My Current Vet Won't Even Discuss It With Me. Please Help Me.

Answer:I Would Ask Your Current Vet To Work Your Dog Up For Cushings Disease, Which Is An Overactive Adrenal Gland, Quite Common In Poodles This Age, And Which Can Be Treated When Appropriately Diagnosed. Untreated Cushings Can Lead To Diabetes, So Best To Have Your Vet Work Up Your Dog For This With A Low Dose Dex Suppression Blood Test, As Well As Possibly Ultrasound, Etc If Cbc/chemistry Blood Work Ok. Also A Urine Analysis Should Be Done To Check For Secondary Infections, As Well As Protein In The Urine

Date: 06/03/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Extreme Weight Loss In Diabetic Cat

Question:My Cat Roman Has Been On Insulin Since 2013. First On Lantus, Then He Crashed In December, 2015 And Was Changed To Prozinc. He Has Steadily Lost Weight Even Though He Eats Constantly. He Does Not Get Dry Food And Although He Won't Eat The Prescription Diabetic Cat Food, I Give Him Cat Food That Has Few Carbs, And One (fancy Feast Fish & Shrimp), Which Has Zero Carbs. I Let Him Eat Boiled Or Baked Chicken (without Skin, Etc.) And People's Canned Tuna And Salmon In Water- As Much As He Wants. He Is Still Skin And Bones And Very Listless. He Has Been For Several Glucose Curves And They Just Keep Increasing His Insulin Dose With No Luck And His Blood Glucose Rarly Drops Below 400. What Can I Do Or What Am I Doing Wrong? Please Help, Because If I Can't Figure Something Out Soon, I Will Have To Send Him To The 'rainbow Bridge', Because I Can't Stand To Watch Him With No Quality Of Life At All. He's My Little Guy.

Answer:He Should Have Urine Culture And Analysis To Make Sure On Infections Preventing Diabetes Good Regulation As Well As X Rays And/or Ultrasound/other Blood Work To Look For Underlying Other Causes Here

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: 05/01/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Fatty Liver

Question:My Cat Was Diagnosed With Fatty Liver Last Year In April. He Is Not An Outdoor Cat, Though We Do Let Him Out To Get Some Sun. Could Eating Plants And Other Items Outside Cause This? He Also Got Fatty Liver Again Last Week. His Bilirubin Is 4.4 And Glucose Is 405. Is Diabetes Really The Cause? Would A Diabetic Cat Be Sick More Often Than Once A Year At Exactly The Same Time? This Year, Everything Is Normal, Grooming, Purring, And So On, Just Eating And Drinking Are The Issues. One Of His Owners Does Get A Schedule Change Twice A Year, Though He Was Fine Last Fall During The Schedule Change. Wondering If He Stresses Himself Out More Than Normal And Then Does This To Himself. When His Liver Was Back To Normal, So Were His Glucose Levels. Is It Just That His Liver Is Backed Up And Causing His Numbers To Go Through The Roof? They Gave Me Insulin Last Year For Him And His Glucose Went Down Way To Far, So They Had Us Take Him Off Of That. Any Supplements Or Food, That He Should Be On Or Eating? He Is A 6 Year Old Cat, Before His Diet, It Was Free For All. Could Over The Years Of Being Fed Whatever He Wants And Being Overweight Cause The Fatty Liver Over Time, Or Cause Diabetes To Arise?

Answer:All Excellent Questions. It May Be Best To Answer These Properly And Thoroughly To Have A More Detailed And Individualized Consultation. Www.doctordym.com I Will Quickly Answer These Here. Cats Are Prone To A Trio Of Conditions, Often Which May Occur Together, Which Is Known As "feline Triaditis" In Veterinary Medicine, Which Means Inflammation Of The Liver, Pancreas And Bowels(ibd), Which Can Cause Secondary Diabetes During Flareups. Where The Primary Cause Resides Is Often Not Known. Stress And/or Emotional Factors, Being Overweight, Etc And Poor Diets(in My Opinion) May Play A Role I Personally Prefer Species Appropriate Meat Based Home Prepared Diets And/or All Canned Diets(preferably Natural) Without The Processed Dry Carbohydrate Rich Kibbles Which Can Lead To Weight Gain/obesity And All Sorts Of Issues.

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: 02/18/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:Our Dog Was Diagnosed With Diabetes About Three To Four Months Ago. Our Vet Started Him On Three Units Of Insulin Twice A Day. We Have Now Increased His Dose To 5 Units A Day As He Was Still Drinking Heavily And His Curve Test Showed His Blood Sugar Still In The 300's. He Used To Never Have Accidents In The House (maybe One Or Two In The Previous Two Years). He Now Will Have Accidents Weekly It Seems Even If We Are Home And Letting Him Out Frequently. My Question Is There Something Other Than The Diabetes That Could Be Causing This Sudden Surge In Accidents In The House? Are There Are Things We Can Do Besides Insulin To Help Treat His Diabetes?

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vet To Do A Urine Analysis And/or Urine Culture As Many Diabetics Will Have Secondary Urinary Infections Which Can Sometimes Interfere With Diabetic Management And Which Need To Be Addressed. Also I Would Ask Your Vet About Cushings Disease As Well, Which Can Sometimes Complicate Simple Diabetic Management

Date: 01/21/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Dry Food Versus Wet Food

Question:I Have A 4 Year Old Female Cat. My Question: Is It Better To Feed Her Just Dry Food Or Wet Food Or A Mixture?

Answer:Wet Food Or Home Made Meat Based Diets Are Best For Cats, 100% Wet. Dry Kibble Diets Have Been Linked With Obesity, Diabetes And Lower Urinary Tract Inflammation In Cats.

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