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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: 10/30/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Reaction?

Question:My 5 Month Mixed Breed (pit/pomchua) Received His Dhp, Parvo, And Rabies On 10/28/2017. Yesterday He Seemed Fine. Today He Is Having Problems Keep Food Down And Is Very Tired Acting. Could This Be A Reaction To The Shots?

Answer:While Most Traditionally Trained Veterinarians Would Deny Any Delayed Immune Reactions After Vaccinations(which Are Well Documented), These Issues May Occur And May Cause Digestive And/or Other Systemic Delayed Reactions On Occasional Cases. See The Education Article On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org By Ron Schultz, Phd, Which Address This Issue.

Date: 03/15/14
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Endosorb

Question:Can I Get This Product Without A Prescription? My Dog Is A 10 Year Old Black And Tan Cocker Spanial Male, Nutured. He Has Ongoing Problems With Claustradia. Symptoms Are Loose Stool, Bloody Stool, Diaarehia. I Have Had Him Tested For Allergies, He Tested High For Pork,Soybean,White Potato,Alfalfa And Carrots. He Has Been Easily Stressed And Has These Episods Of Diarrhea Continuously For Years. Excessive Antibiotics Hurt His Digestive Track. I Stopped Them All And Tried Endosorb Which Has Really Helped Him. I Give Him One To 2 Tablets A Day When He Is Fed And This Seems To Self Correct His Condition. I Have Trouble Finding It And Pet Med Doesn't Carry It. I Have Gotten It Through Petpercriptions 877 977 3879 But They Are Not Answering The Phone. Do You Know Of This Med And Where I Can Get It? Do You Have A Suggestion Of An Alternative. Without It He Begins His Cycle Again. I Have His Stool Tested To Be Sure We Are Not Masking Some Other Condition And It Has Been Okay. I Live In Colordo And I Got Your Name From Alissa Owner Of Inspector Noodles At Pet Med. If You Give Me A Number I Will Call You For Information Or You Can Email Me Back. Thank You Margaret Daniels

Answer:I Would Check With 1800petmeds Pharmacist Eddie On Availabilty Of This. You May Want To Consider Working With A Holistic Vet Like Myself On Trying To Get Your Pet Healthier Long Term, Through Diet, Nutritional Supplements And Possibly Homeopathy. To Learn More Go To Www.beyondflatearth.com And Read About Homeopathy On Booklet There. Also My Website Www.doctordym.com Also Has Alot Of Information And How To Schedule A Phone Consultation With Me.

Date: 01/04/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Intestial Worms

Question:I Need To Get Something To Give A 3 Month Puppie Golden Retriever For Digestive Problems

Answer:I Would Need To Know What Type Of Specific Digestive Problems. A Stool Check At Vet Can Rule Out Parasites. You May Want To Worm With Panacure C From 1800petmeds To Treat Possible Hidden Parasites. Also Try Natural Low Carb Diet Like Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. Also Consider Adding Probiotics Like Fast Balance And Naturevet Enzymes To Meals. A Full Gi Workup At Vet May Be Needed.

Date: 09/04/12
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Sudden Onset Of Vomiting

Question:We Have A Stray Cat That We Have Grown Attached To We Can Not Bring Him In He Has Been Around Our House For 3yrs Sence He Was A Kitten We Feed Him And Care For Him Outside His Eating Habbits Have Changed He Has Been Vomiting After Every Feeding And Will Not Even Touch His Hard Food Anymore, He Never Vomited Before Now It Is Every Time He Eats! It Has Been Like This For The Past Month. He Acts Like He Is Starving. His Stomach Is Not Bloated So Dont Think It Is Worms But Not Sure Because I Do Not See Where Her Goes To The Bathroom At What Could It Be And What Might I Be Able To Give Him?

Answer:Many Possibilities From Parasites To Food Allergies To Digestive Problems And/or Thyroid Issues. Best To Take Him To Vet For Exam And Blood Work.

Date: 03/05/12
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight Loss And Large Tumor

Question:My Rottweiler Has Lost A Large Amount Of Weight And Has A Large Mass On Her Side. She Is About 10yrs Old And Been In Good Health Until A Few Months Ago. I Worm Her Every Month Including Heart Worm And Even Treated For Tape Worms 2 But Still Won't Put Weight Back On And Mass Growing Also Increased How Often Feed And How Much She Eats Well But No Change In Weight. She Is Very Important To Me And My Family. My Problems Is We Are On A Fixed Income And I Don't Think I Can Afford Vet Care. I Don't Want Her To Die Or To Suffer What Should I Do.

Answer:Try Feeding Natural Diet Like Halo Or Natures Variety From 1800petmeds. Try Giving Digestive Enzymes Such As Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds. Best To Have Vet Exam However If Possible.

Date: 02/09/12
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Giving Low Dose Aspirin

Question:Is It Ok To Give A Low Dose Aspirin To My 14yr.old Dog? He Ways Approximately 64lbs. The Aspirin Dose Is 81mg Each.

Answer:As Long As Your Dog Does Not Have History Of Kidney Or Liver Problems And/or Digestive Upset, Low Dose Aspirin May Be Ok, As Well As Not On Similiar Drugs From Your Vet.

Date: 11/19/11
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Stomach Problems

Question:I Have A Male Cat Who I Think Has Stomach Issues. The Vet Can't Seem To Figure Out What Is The Problem, He Will Meow Around Like He Is In Pain But I Have No Idea. He Has Been Checked For Bladder Crystals And Issues Of That Sort (3 Times) And Each Time Negative. He Exhibits Bladder Symptoms. Things He Does Do: 1.eats And Drinks Just Fine. Drinks Lots Of Water 2. Urinates Okay..i Haven't Seen Any Problems Bowels, He Does Have Occasional Diarreha. 3. Has Long Hair (i Give Him Hairball Stuff. Like I Said He Has Been To The Vet 3 Times With The Issue. Each Time The Vet Has Said He Doesn't Have A Urinary Problem But To Be Vigilant. Should I Change Food? Right Now I Have Iams Indoor Forumla. Any Ideas Would Be Welcome, I Don't Want Another Expensive Doctor Visit With No Results.

Answer:Sometimes Digestive Tract Issues Can Take A While To Respond, But It Is First Important To Establish A Diagnosis So That Best Treatment Can Be Done. I Would Recommend Full Gi Workup At Vet Including Cbc/chem Blood And Urine Testing., Also Ultrasound Is Important As Well If No Answers On Initial Workup. As For Diet, I Prefer All Natural Diets Like Halo Or Natures Variety Which You Can Get At 1800petmeds. Wysong And Pet Guard Are Two Other Favorites Of Mine. If Dont Want To Spend Alot More On Conventional Workups, Consider Homeopathic And/ Holistic Workup. Learn More At Www.beyondflatearth.com Or My Website Www.canineworld.com/drdym Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations,Like Me, However Realize Any Approach Will Take Time To See Results, Especially If Issues Are Chronic.

Date: 10/10/11
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tapeworms

Question:My Cat Is About 14 Years Old. He Eats Many Times A Day, And Never Seems Satisfied. He Is Also Not Gaining Any Weight. He Seems Very Thin, And I'm Wondering If This Means He Has A Tapeworm.

Answer:Tapeworms Are Possible But At This Age I Would Be Thinking More Metabolic Problems Like Overactive Thyroid Or Digestive Tract Problem. I Would Have Vet Exam And Blood Work, Including Thyroid Check.

Date: 05/15/11
Category: Seizure Disorder
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food & Meds

Question:Heidi Is A 10 Year Old 12.5 Lb Schnauzer. She Has Been My Baby 7 Years Today.had Bladder Stones Almost 2.5 Years Ago That They Were Able To Flush Out. After The Sonogram Lately Due To Seizures I Am Told She Has Another One. For The Last 2.5 Years She Has Been Eating Cooked Rice- 1/2 Cup For Dinner With White Meat Chicken 1/4 Cup. Breakfast 1/2 Cup Canned Lite Natural Choice Plus Potassium Citate With Cranberry. Up Until A Month Ago She Was Also Taking 1/2 Tablet (25mg) Of Hydrochlorothiazid Twice A Day. Have Been Almost Making Soup For Her With Water Because She Was Not Drinking Much Water At All. As A Result Of The Above We Had Loose Stool. Then She Was Put On Metronidazole 500 Mg Tab 1/2 Twice A Day. Any Time I Take Her Off The Metronidazole We Go Back To Almost Diarehha. 6 Weeks Ago We Started With Siezures. After A Night In The Emergecy Clinic She Was Put On Zonisamide 50 Mg Once A Day And Was Still Giving The Dieuretic. After 3 Weeks We Had Seizures For 2 Nights In A Row. My Regular Vet Put Her On Phenobarbital 16.2 Mg Twice A Day And Stopped The Dieuretic And The Metronidazole. Other Loose Stool Problems So He Said Put Her Back On The Metronidazole. Also Been Giving Her Greek Yogurt. Snacks Are Apple, Bannana, Green Beans And Low Fat Animal Crackers. She Also Has High Lippids. Now My Vet Cut Her Back To Very Little Chicken And 1/3 Cup Canned Natural Choice And More Rice. When I Called In To 1-800-petmeds The Lady Told Me About Digestive Enzymes Which I Bought And Have Not Started. I Would Like To Know What You Think About The Meds My Heidi Is On And Also Food? Thanks For Your Time And Looking Forward To Hearing Your Thoughts On My Baby. Vicky Jednak

Answer:Very Complicated Situation. I Would Consult With Veterinary Nutritionist Such As Ones You Can Consult With On Www.balanceit.com Such Complex Medical Situations Require An Individualized Preferably Home Made Diet For Your Given Pet, Which Veterinary Nutritionist Can Guide You Through. I Am Not Fan Of Processed Commercial Diets For This Problem. As For Meds, Both Antiseizure Drugs Are Helpful And Sometimes Both Are Needed In Seizure Cases At Once Or Separately. . I Think The Digestive Enzymes Are Helpful As Well.

Date: 03/08/11
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Diarrhea

Question:My Three Month Old Kitten Has Had Diarrhea Off And On Since Birth. She Was Wormed And Then Given Albon(not Sure Of Spelling). Each Treatment Helped For A While. She Is Now On Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal He And Seems Fine. Will She Need This For Life? Very Expensive.

Answer:Talk To Your Vet. Some Cats Do Have Chronic Immune Digestive Problems Needing Special Diets. Other Times They Can Be Weaned Back Onto Good Quality Cat Food Like Halo Or Natures Variety Which You Can Get Here.

Date: 01/28/11
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Use Of Raw Meat

Question:Good Day To You. My Question Has To Do With The Safety And Ease Of Digestability Of Using Raw Ground Meat (chicken, Turkey, Beef). Our Local Butcher Shop Provides Many Selections Of Dog Treats (bones, Jerky, Etc) Which Seems To Be A Popular Choice Of Dog Owners. The Butcher Suggested Trying The Burgers They Make Up Using All Natural Ingredients (chicken, Chicken Parts, Carrots, Grains). My Question Is How Safe And How Well Tolerated Is Using This Product In A Raw Form For My 7-month-old Puppy? I Have Tried Two So Far Mixed With Her Dry Food And She Really Loves It. I Haven't Seen Any Evidence Of Adverse Reactions; But Working In The Medical Field, I'm A Little Concerned About Parasites Or Bacteria Using This (raw) Product. Can You Shed Some Light On This? Thank You Kindly. Pam W., Pennsylvania

Answer:Feeding Raw Is In My Opinion Ideal In Most Pets, Unless Pre Existing Digestive Problems Exist. I Would Make Sure Raw Meat Good Quality. I Dont Find Parasites A Problem Typically In Most Cases. See Book Dr Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn Dvm Phd For More Details And Discussion.

Date: 05/17/10
Category: Bone & Joint Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sore Muscles Or Joints

Question:My Dog Did More Running Than He's Used To Yesterday. Today He Seems To Be In Pain When He Moves. Should I Give Him Anything (aspirin, Motrin,Etc.)?

Answer:You Can Try Buffered Aspirin At Dose Of 5 Mg Per Pound Once To Twice Daily With Food, As Long As No History Of Digestive Tract Inflammation Or Bleeding And Not Have Kidney Or Liver Issues, And No Other Aspirin Or Cortisone Like Drugs Being Used At Same Time. If Problems Persist, Best To See Vet.

Date: 02/03/10
Category: Pain/Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Belgiam Sheperd In A Lot Of Pain

Question:Three Weeks Ago My Belgiam Sheperd Started Walking Twisted And Having A Lot Of Pain On His Right Side. Took Him To The Vet X-rays Were Made Showing No Signs Of Hip Problems Or Arthritis. I Was Given Metacam For Two Weeks It Helped Him Move Around Better But After He Finished It He Got Worst. The Vet Said That I Had To Bring Him Back For Blood Work Because I Could Not Get Any More Without Her Making Sure That The Med Did Not Affect His Liver, The Problem Is When I Tried To Take Him I Could Not Get Him In The Car. He Is Over A 100 Pounds And I Cannot Lift Him. It Seems That He Is Very Sensitive From The Tail Down To The Right Side Of His Hip. The Vet Just Said That He Was All Twisted Up According To The X-rays. Could This Be Something Else, I Do Not Know What To Do.

Answer:I Would See If Any Local Vets Could Make House Call. Ask Around For House Call Vet. Also Vet Chiropractic Can Often Work Wonders On Case Like This. See Www.ahvma.org For List Of Vets Trained In Chiropractic Or Even Acupuncture, Which I Have Seen Work Wonders On Bad Backs And Joints. Also If All Else Fails You Can Try Buffered Aspirin At Dose Of 5 Mg Per Pound Once Or Twice Daily To Try And Get Him Feeling A Bit Better As Long As He Is Not On Any Other Aspirin Or Cortisone Like Drugs, And No Digestive Side Effects. That Would Be Fine To Use Short Term As Long As No Reactions Until You Can Get Vet To Evaluate Him.

Date: 01/20/10
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Problem With Diarrhea

Question:I Have A Great Dane With Diarrhea Problems Due To Colitis. He Will Be 6 Years Old 7/27/10. Weighs About 130 Lbs. He Eats Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-residue 3 1/2 Cups Twice A Day Plus A 1/4 Cup Fiber One Bran Cereal. I Soak His Food In Water For About 15 - 20 Min And Add A Little Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth For Flavor. Also The Vet Has Him On Sulfasalazine 500 Mg 2 Tabs A Day. If I Give Him A Treat Like A Small Milkbone It Wrecks The Process. On Your Website I Saw The Product Naturvet Enzymes & Probiotics And Ordered It Thinking Maybe This Would Fix The Problem Or Shorten The Whole Process I Go Through. When I Put The Powder On The Food After It Soaks For 15 - 20 Min The Food Turns To A Liquid. The Round Container The Powder Came In Says 1/4 Tsp Per Cup Of Food And The "how To Use" At The Website Says 1 1/4 Tsp Per Cup According To Weight. Well It Seems His Diarrhea Is Back. I Am So Frustrated Can You Please Help Me And Tell Me What I Should Or Should Not Be Doing. I Would Appreciate Any Help On This.

Answer:I Would Go To Website Www.petsmaxcity.com And Order The Probiotics Mitomax And Mitoboost Which I Have Seen Help Cases Like This. Use Coupon Code Mdym10 When Checking Out For Discount On That Site. Also Consider Using Slippery Elm From Health Food Store To Soothe Bowels Consider Diet Change To Food Like Solid Gold Which Was Developed By A Great Dane Breeder And Is Better Choice In My Opinion. If Symptoms Persist, Best To Have Full Gi Workup At Vet Including Blood Work, Stool Checks. Some Vets Will Worm For Hidden Worms With Panacure C Even If Stool Sample Is Negative. Also Some Vets Will Try Antibiotics Like Flagyl Or Tylan Powder In Case Bacterial Overgrowth In Digestive Tract. If Signs Persist, Ultrasound And/or Scoping Of Digestive Tract Is Sometimes Needed For Proper Diagnosis And Treatment.

Date: 11/28/09
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bowel Accidents

Question:Our Trained 12yr Old Akita Has Recently Started Having Bowel Movement Accidents In The House, Not Uraninary Accients Like We've Been Told Is Common In Older Dogs. During These Accidents, She Stands Straight Up And Just Lets Her Bowels Go; She Gives Us No Notice That She Has To Go. She Has Hip Problems And Has Been Taking Rimadyl And Osteo Bi-flex For At Least 3 Years. She Has Trouble Standing Up And Also Standing For A Long Time And While She's Eating, Her Back Legs Will Get Tired And Start To Bend. Are These "accidents" Happening Because She Is In Pain And Cannot Scooch To Have The Bowel Movement When She's Outside Or Is She Just Tring Our Patience And Being Lazy? And What Can We Do To Help Ease The Pain For Her?

Answer:The Accidents Most Likely Have To Do With Lower Back Or Disc Issues As Well As Joint Issues. Also Keep In Mind Long Term Rimadyl Can Be Stressful On Digestive Tract As Well. I Would Put Her On Source Of Fiber Like Psyllium Husks From Health Food Store And Add One Teaspoon To Each Meal. Also I Would Make Sure Your Pet Is On Natural Diet Like Eat Great Be Well From 1800petmeds Or Wysong Or Pet Guard As My Other Favorites Which You Can Find On Line. Add Digestive Enzymes To Meals Like Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds. I Strongly Recommend The Two Probiotics Mitomax And Mitoboost By Imagilin Which You Can Get From Website Www.petsmaxcity.com Use Coupon Code Mdym10 At Check Out From That Site To Get Discount. I Would Also Strongly Recommend Seeing Veterinary Chiropractor In Your Area Who Will Do Better Job Than Any Drug. See Www.ahvma.org For List Of Chiropractic Vets By State.

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