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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: 10/31/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Recently Rescued A Puppy From A Shelter. After Bringing This Puppy Home To My Other Puppy And 3 Cats We Discovered That He Was Very Sick. We Took Him Back After 24 Hours To Find Out He Had Kennel Cough, Ear Infections And A Parasite In His Stomach. This All Took Place On October 17th. Since Then I Have Had To Take The Rescued Pup And My Other Pup To The Vet To Be Treated For Kennel Cough Again. Yesterday, One Of My Cats Starting Sneezing, Has A Little Cough And Her Nose Is Dripping. Could She Have Kennel Cough As Well? How Long Before I Should Take Her To Be Seen By The Vet?

Answer:I Would Take Cat In To See Vet. Yes, Bordatella Can Be Transmitted To Cats As Shown In Recent Years. You Can Try Antihistamine Like Chlorphenirimine At Dose Of 2 Mg Twice Daily As Well As Dmg Liquid To Boost Immune System From 1800petmeds. Best, However To See Vet For Proper Diagnosis And Possibly Prescription Antibiotic

Date: 10/13/16
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Infections

Question:My 10 Month Old Lab Mix Has Been Scratching Her Right Ear And Shaking And Tilting Her Head For The Last 19 Hours. I Looked In Her Ear, Which Wasn't Easy Cause She Doesn't Want Me To Touch It, And It Is Really Swollen, Red And Has A Discharge. Her Ear Is Also Very Warm To The Touch, Is Draining What Looks Like Blood, And Just Looks Really Bad. I Don't Have A Primary Vet And I'm Not The Richest Person, But I Want To Help Her Not Be In Pain. How Can I Get Her The Care She Needs, Without Going Broke? Any Suggestions Would Be Greatly Appreciated!

Answer:As Most Of These Cases Have Underlying Allergies As Causes Of The Secondary Bacterial Or Yeast Infections Of Ear, You Can Try Oral Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily. Omega 3 Oral Fatty Acid Supplements Such As Be Well From 1800petmeds Also May Help As Well As Antioxidant Proanthozone. You Can Also Try Topical Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds. However If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Best To Have Proper Vet Exam And Evaluation For Appropriate Prescription Medications

Date: 09/28/16
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:Would I Be Able To Administer Injectable Penicillin To My Dog For An Ear Infection

Answer:I Would Not Recommend Doing This On Your Own At Home. This Antibiotic Is Also Usually Not Effective For Most Bacterial Infections Of Ears Of Dogs

Date: 09/22/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic Ear Infections

Question:Ryder, Our English Springer Spaniel Seems To Get Ear Infections Quite Often. Is There Anything We Can Do To Prevent This? I Would Like To Order Ear Medicine From Your Company. What Would You Recommend?

Answer:I Would Use The Excellent Product Called Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds, Which Is A Wonderful Preventative. You Should Also Work With Your Vet On Likely Underlying Causes Such As Inhalent/contact Allergies, Food Allergy Possibilities, Etc As That May Help Lessen Relapses Also Put Him On A God Quality Omega 3 Fatty Acid Like Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 From 1800petmeds

Date: 08/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pituitary Cushings

Question:My 15mth Old Border Collie Was Just Diagnosed With Pituitary Dependant Cushings. Is There A Holistic Approach For Treatment Or Just A Toxic One That Could Kill Her. I Had The Vet Also Want To Run A Liver Test On Her. Her Age And Previous Cbc Test Through Up A Red Flag With The Cushings Diagnoses. He Thinks She Has A Possible Liver Shunt That May Be Her Problem And Not Cushings Or Could Be Both. She Does Sleep A Little More But Only In Ocassion Drinks More Than Usual. Her Hair Has Been Getting Thinner And Falling Out Starting From Around Her Neck All The Way To Her Poor Tail. She Does Not Have A Ravenous Appetite And Never Has. She Is Not Pot Bellied Either. She Use To Be On A Daily Dose 1 Pill X 2 A Day Of Prednisone For Gastro Issues For Around 3 1/2 Months. The Vet Suspects She Might Have Had Cushings Since Way Younger Around 4 To 5 Weeks Old When All Her Issues Started. Colitis Vomiting Ear Infections And Diarrhea With Continual Urinary Tract Infections. I Want My Little Girl To Be Comfortable Without Killing Her With Toxic Drugs I.e. Iradicating Her Adrenal Glands... Any Suggestions Would Be Great Thank You.

Answer:A 15 Month Old Dog With Cushings? Not Likely. I Would Strongly Recommend A Consultation With A Veterinary Internist In Your Area Or Specialist Who Can Review Workup And Offer Additional Diagnostics, As Well As Review The Workup Thus Far. As For Holistic Options, I Would Make Sure Your Diagnostic Workup Has Been Complete And Accurate Before Considering A Consultation With A Holistic Vet. To Learn More About Holistic Vet Medicine, See Www.doctordym.com Many Holistic Vets Offer Phone Consultations As Well

Date: 08/03/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Infection.

Question:Hello, My Dog Sasha Is About 4 Years Old. She Has Had Ear Infection Is In The Past And The Only Thing That Seems To Get Rid Of It Completely Is Antibiotics. I Was Wondering Which Can I Should Get ? Her Right Ear Has Scabs Inside From Her Scratching It, And Has A Horrible Odor Coming From It, I Have Tried A Homemade Solution And It Is Not Working. Thank You For Your Help.

Answer:You Can Try Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds, However Vet May Want To Evaluate Discharge Under Microscope And/or Do Ear Culture To Make Sure That Right Topical Antibiotic Is Being Used For Long Enough Period Of Time. I Would Also Work With Vet On Underlying Causes Of Ear Infections Such As Allergies Or Problem Will Keep Recurring

Date: 07/25/16
Category: Allergy
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog With Allergies

Question:I Have A 6 Month Old Goldendoodle. He Got A Really Bad Ear Infection About A Month After We Got Him. I Took Him To The Vet And He Was Put On Meds, The Vet Also Told Me The Ear Infection Could Have Been Due To Allergies But That Ear Infections Are Also Common In Floppy Eared Dogs. His Ear Infection Cleared Up Find But He Now Has Started To Have Irritation In His Ears Again, He Has Also Been Sneezing A Lot. What Would You Recommend To Help Control Allergies For Him?

Answer:I Would Use Topical Product Like Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds. At This Age, You May Want To Explore Putting Him On Hypoallergenic, Novel Protein Diet Like Rabbit Or Venison In Case Food Allergy Involved Or Some Vets Will Use Hydrolyzed Protein Diets. You Can Try Oral Antihistamine Like Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily And Adding Fatty Acid Like Be Well From 1800petmeds To Meals

Date: 07/19/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:Hello Dr. Dym, I Had A Question Regarding Ear Mite Treatment. I Currently Have A Lynx Point Siamese That Has By The Looks Of It In Her Right Ear A Brown Build Up Of Crust And Bacteria. After Doing A Bit Of Research And Web Surfing I Have Determined That This May Be A Ear Mite Infection But I Was Hoping To Maybe Get A Reassurance Before I Did Consult A Vet In Person. If Maybe I Could Get Some Advice On Anything I Could Look For Further To Determine Ultimately If It Is In Fact Ear Mites. I Have Noticed A Lot Of Odd Behavior Such As Head Shaking, Scratching Behind The Ear, And As Well Brown Stuff In The Ear. All Of This Sounded Pretty Close To The Ear Mite Symptoms But Is There Anything Else I Could Look For? And If It Is Ear Mites Is There Any Suggestions For Treating From Home Or Is It Advised To Consult A Vet? Thank You Very Much For Your Time

Answer:Ear Mites Are Rare In Adult Cats, Compared To Outodoor And/or Younger Or Stray Cats. It Is Equally If Not More Possible, That Cat May Have Overgrowth Of Yeast And/or Bacterial Infections Secondary To Underlying Allergies. Best To Have Full Vet Evaluation And Examination To Help Sort All Of These Out And Best Treatment Plan

Date: 07/10/16
Category: Flea & Tick
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:My Almost 4 Year Old Shihtzu Dog Had A Nasty Odor Coming Out Of His Ears And Constantly Scratches His Ears And Scratches Behind Both Front Legs Like On His Ribs And Bites His Ankles He's Got Dark Brownish And Reddish Discharge Coming Out Of His Ears Like Alot I Try To Clean His Ears Once A Week But He Cry's When I Do It Abd Moves Alot And I Worry That The Discharge Is Falling Down His Ear Canal. I Would Really Appreciate It If You Can Let Me Know Everything I Need To Know So In The Future O I Can Make Sure I Never Happens. And My Moms 2 Shihtzus Have The Same Problem And I Wanna Be Able To Help Her Dogs Too Cause She Can't Cause Of S Recent Stroke She Had???? Please And Thanks 😞🐶:):):)

Answer:Most Common Cause Of Chronic Infections In Dogs Like This Is Underlying Alleriges I.e Either Inhalent/contact Allergies And/or Food Allergies. A Vet Exam And Assessment Is Recommended To Help Rule Out These Underlying Conditions Or Ear Infections Will Recur. Also Your Vet Can See If Current Infection Is Yeast And/or Bacteria In Ear Canals So That Appropriate Prescription Antifungal Or Antibiotic Ear Meds Can Be Prescribed. To Prevent Ear Issues, You Can Try Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds

Date: 07/09/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:Would It Be Safe To Put Cat Ear Mite Medicine In A Dogs Ear Till I Can Get Some For Her

Answer:I Dont Think This Will Be A Problem, As Long As Not Expired And You Clean End Of Tube. I Would Not Assume Your Dog Has Ear Mites, However Which Is Not Common In Adult Dogs. You Should Have Vet Exam As Secondary Yeast And/or Bacterial Infections Are Much More Common In Adult Dogs

Date: 07/01/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Wounds Inside The Ears

Question:My Dog Has Wounds Inside The Ears.its Smells Very Badly

Answer:Best To Have Proper Vet Exam And Workup To See If Any Bacterial Or Yeast Infections On Ear Flap Or Inside Ear Canals That May Need Prescription Antibiotic

Date: 06/27/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Extreme+ear+mite+infestation+

Question:My Uncles Dog Has The Worse Case Of Ear Mites. I Didn't Know It Could Be So Bad. She Runs And Hide In Impossible Places To Get Her The Medication As Soon As She Lays Eyes On The Ear Drops. I'm Guessing Because Of The Pain. I'm Going To Take Her To The Vet For My Uncle. Is There A Pill Form Of Medication Because She Will Not Let Us Put Nothing In Her Ears? Is The Vet Going To Have To Remove Her Ears?

Answer:I Would Not Assume This Dog Has Ear Mites, Which Is Truthfully Rare In Adult And Senior Dogs. More Commonly Dogs Develop Secondary Yeast And/or Bacterial Infections Of The Ear Canals, Which Can Lead To Black, Yellow, Green Or Odorous Discharge From The Ears, In Addition To Pain, Inflammation And Redness, Etc A Vet Can Simply Rule Out Ear Mites By Examining Ear Canals With Otoscope, And Doing A Microscopic Exam Of Discharge Under Microscope In The Office To Rule Out Ear Mites In A Few Seconds. If Not Ear Mites, Then Prescription Topical Antibiotics May Be Needed, As Well As Addressing Underlying Causes Of Ear Infections, Including Inhalent/contact Allergies, Food Allergies, Etc. You Could Try Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds Until Vet Can See You. Topical Revolution Which Is Prescription Product Is Easiest Treatment If Ear Mites Are Present, However I Would Not Assume Ear Mites As Mentioned Here.

Date: 06/21/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Beagle And Ear Infections

Question:Hi, My 11 Year Old Beagle Had Multiple Ear Infections And Always Prescribed Antibiotics. I Clean Her Ears With An Ear Solution From 1800 Pet Meds Every Few Days. She Still Shakes Her Head Often. What Else Can I Do To Care For Her Ears To Prevent Infections? Thank You, Joann

Answer:You Can Try Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds Which Is Safe To Use Long Term, However You Should Be Working With Your Local Vet On Underlying Causes Of Secondary Yeast And/or Bacterial Infections Such As Allergies Or Thyroid Issues. Unless These Controlled, Infections Will Recur

Date: 06/10/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Recurring Ear Infections

Question:Hello, I Have A One Year Old Black Lab Mix And He Has Had Ear Infections And Has Been Given Antibiotics For A Yeast Infection And That Seemed To Clear His Ear Up. However, He Continues To Have A Foul Smelling Odor In His Right Ear And Dark, Wet Discharge. I Have Been Cleaning His Ear Twice Weekly With A Dermachlor Rinse And It Helps A Bit, But His Issue Never Seems To Fully Go Away. His One Ear Always Seem To Be Very Moist And Bothersome, While His Other Ear Looks Clean And Healthy. Could This Just Be A Recurring Yeast Infection Or Allergies?

Answer:Recurring Yeast And/or Bacterial Infections, As Well As Underlying Allergies Are All Possible. You Need To Work With Vet On Addressing Underlying Allergies Or Secondary Infections Will Recur. At This Point I Would Ask Vet To Do Ear Culture To See If Resistant Bacteria Present For Best Possible Topical And/or Oral Antibiotic Choice.

Date: 06/01/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Black/brown Tarry Goo On Ear

Question:I've Had Clancy, A Cocker, On Various Ear Meds From The Vet For Around 8 Mos. Zymox Seems To Clear Up The Ear Infection, But The Residue Left On The Ear Hair On The Whole Ear Is The Problem. Is There Anything I Can Use To Remove It? I Have Heard Using Mayonnaise, Peanut Butter, & Coconut Oil. Does 1800 Pet Meds Have Anything That Would Clean His Ear Hair That Is Specially Designed To Remove This Goo.

Answer:Coconut Oil Is Fine To Try. I Would Still Recommend A Vet Exam To Make Sure No Resistant Pseudomonas Infection Of Ear Canals And/or Yeast Infections That Need Stronger Prescription Meds

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