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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: 11/27/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Throwing Up Everyday..scratching Constantly

Question:My Daughter Just Broke Up With Her Fiance Moved Into Another Apt Her Cat Is Throwing Up Everyday&itching More. New Carpet An Issue?he Has Feline Leukemia..worried About Him.love Him

Answer:Most Likely The Emotional Stress Around Him As Triggered The Flareup, Especially Since Feline Leukemia Virus Suppresses Immune System. Best To Have Vet Exam, Assessment, Temperature Taken And Possibly Blood Or Or X Ray Workup. You Can Try Pepcid Ac Over The Counter At Dose Of 5 Mg Twice Daily For Nausea , As Well As Chlorphenirimine Antihistamine At Dose Of 2 Mg Twice Daily For Itching Until Vet Can Assess Patient.

Date: 11/27/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:Can An Antibiotic Used On A Cat With Feline Leukemia Still Carry The Virus?

Answer:No Antibiotics Dont Carry Feline Leukemia Virus? Not Sure Of Your Question

Date: 10/21/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Felv

Question:My 4 Month Old Kitten Has Just Been Diagnosed With Felv. I Have A 6 Year Old Cat At Home Who Has Just Had The Felv Vaccine. What Are The Chances He Will Get The Virus?

Answer:Great Question But The Actual Research Done By The Feline Leukemia Vaccine Companies Many Years Ago, Actually Showed That It Was Very Hard To Transmit Felv Virus To Cats Older Than One Year Of Age Who Are Negative, Regardless Of Feleuk Vaccination Status. I Would Not Overvaccinate The Older Cat Every Year For Feleuk, As There Can Be Other Complications From Doing This Yearly Long Term.

Date: 10/01/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Is My Kitten Having A Reaction To Vaccines?

Question:Hello, I Rescued An Abandoned Kitten When She Was About 10 Days Old.. She's Now 4 Months And Is The Most Amazing, Playful Dog Like Kitten! Last Sunday We Took Her To Get Her First Shots, Not Huge Fans But We Do Have Another Rescue That Spends As Munch Time Outside As She Does Inside... The Kitten Got A 3 In 1 As Well As Feline Leukemia And A Dewormer.. The First 2 Days She Wasnt Herself, Favored Her Back Leg A Bit And Slept Alot.. We Are Now Going On Day 7 And She Seems To Be Limping On Her Front Leg Now, Hunching Her Back A Bit, Whines When Picked Up, Still Sleeping A Lot.. Is This Normal? Could It Be The Vaccines Or Something Totally Unrelated? She's Still Eating And Drinking And Going To The Bathroom So I'm Not Too Sure What It All Means.. Thanks In Advance!

Answer:In My Experience And Opinion As Both An Ivy League Trained Traditional Veterinarian, As Well A Veterinarian Who Has Also Embraced Holistic Veterinary Medicine, I Do Think The Combination Vaccinations And Wormer Are Involved Here. Unfortunately, Most Traditional Veterinarians Are Not Trained In Or Aware Of The Potential For Chronic Immune Reactions To Vaccinations, Which We Call Vaccinosis In Holistic Medicine. In Future, You Want To Separate Out Different Vaccinations And Wormers On Different Days By At Least A Week Or Two, To Try And Minimize Reactions. In This Case, The Combination Vaccination, Leukemia Vaccination And Wormer Were Probably All Involved Due To The Combination Stress On His Immune System. If Her Symptoms Of Chronic Disease Continue, Then You May Want To Consider Consulting With A Veterinary Homeopath, Who Is Best Trained At Treating These Type Of Potential Chronic Immune Reactions. To Learn More About Homeopathy, See The Booklet On The Website Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As The Information On The Site Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations As Well. Homeopathy Is Not A Quick Fix, But Is Best System Of Medicine, In My Opinion At To Address These Chronic Vaccinosis Effects. Also Pick Up Copy Of The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, Which Is A Wonderful Review Of More Natural Health Care For Cats

Date: 09/26/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Is She Sick?

Question:Hello, I Have A 12 Week Old Kitten Named Lana. We Got Her At 9 Weeks. She's Been Doing Fairly Well As Far As I Was Concerned. Went To The Vet And Received A Good Bill Of Health As Well As One Vaccine So Far. Not Spayed Yet. Tested For Worms But Came Back Negative (i Want Her Tested Again). Past Week She's Had Somewhat Soft And Sometimes Wet Stools. Somewhat Bloody At Times. Also Frequent Uneventful Trips To The Litter Box. Light Pink Gums, Some Eye Gunk Within The Last 2 Days. She's Been Eating Fine Until This Morning Where She Didn't Really Want To Eat Anything At All. She Seems A Bit Tired Too. Any Advice Before I Make Another Trip To The Vet?

Answer:Not Something I Would Work On At Home On Your Own. She Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation, Including Parasite Check, As Well As Possible Prescription Antibiotic Such As Flagyl, As Well As Should Have Her Tested For Feline Leukemia Virus

Date: 09/19/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:My Daughter Took In A Kitten Whose Mother Was On The Streets. Unfortunately, When She Moved, He Had To Come Here And Was Housed On My Porch, Which Is Enclosed. He Is Approximately Two Years Old Now And Has Been Wormed Regularly, And Has Been Treated Routinely For Fleas And Ticks Since His Arrival At My Home (approximately A Year Ago); However, Until Recently He Had Not Been Vaccinated. While On The Porch, He Steadily Lost Weight, Though He Had A Good Appetite And Showed No Other Signs Of Illness. Due To Significant Weight Loss (which Another Cat Also Displayed When Isolated There), We Thought It Best To Find Him A Home Where He Could Get Lots Of Love And Attention. (fyi: The Other Cat, When Brought Inside, Gained Weight Steadily And Is Now Probably Heavier Than She Should Be. It Was Not Feasible To Bring This One In As I Already Had A Male Cat Inside.) Long Story Short, In Order To Live In The Apartment Complex Of His New Owner, He Needed To Have A Rabies And Feline Leukemia Shot. We Got These A Week Ago And Also Wormed Him Again. She Recently Took Him To A Vet Because Of His Weight And Also Because Of Loose Stools (which May Be Due To A Change In Diet And Transition). The Vet Did Blood Work And Indicated He Had Feline Leukemia. I Realize This Could Have Been Contracted As A Kitten (due To Background) And Lay Dormant But How Common Is A False Positive And Could The Recent Vaccine Have Impacted The Results Of The Blood Work? Also, Are Our Other Adult Cats (approximately 6 And 9 Years) At Risk? They Have Never Been Vaccinated For This. One Has Always Been Inside. The Other Moved To The Porch Approximately Three Years Ago Following An Injury And Then Inside When My Daughter's Cat Arrived.

Answer:Occasionally Fvric Vaccinations Can Trigger False Positives On Feline Leukemia Tests, But Not Common. Also I Always Confirm In House Site Test Feline Leukemia Virus Tests Done Directly At Vet Office, With A Confirmation Test To Outside Lab Such As An Ifa Test, Or Pcr Test Which Is More Accurate Than Screening Test. If Kitten Truly Positive, I Would Explore More Holistic Options For Long Term Care; See The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, As Well As Info On Www.doctordym.com Traditional Vet Medicine Does Not Have Much To Offer For Chronic Infected Feline Leukemia Virus Cats

Date: 07/27/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:I Had A Blood Test Run On My Cat As He Is Losing Fur On His Back And Lost 5lbs In 1 Month. The Test Results Show Nothing Is Wrong With The Thyroid But The Platlets Are Low. Is The Only Answer Feline Leukemia Or Could It Be Something Else? If It Is Leukemia Is There Any Real Treatment?

Answer:I Would Not Assume Feline Leukemia Virus, Which Is Easily Ruled Out By Blood Test. Best To Return To Vet For Recheck And Recheck Of Blood Work As Low Platelet Count May Be Artifact From Technique Of Blood Pulling

Date: 07/23/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Adverse Reaction To Vaccine

Question:My 12 Year Old Cat Had His Feline Leukemia And Distemper Vaccinations On Thur. That Evening He Was Lethargic And Vomited. He Didn't Eat The Next Morning. I Called His Vet And Took Him Back In On Fri. He Had A Fever And They Gave Him Subcutaneous Fluid, An Onsior Tablet And .24 Diphenhydramine 50 Mg. He Seemed To Feel Much Better And Ate When He Came Home. But A Few Hours Later Vomited Again. Now He Is Back To Being Lethargic And Not Eating Again. I Called The Vet This Morning And They Never Returned My Call And Are Now Closed For The Weekend. Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Help Him? We Were Given 2 More Onsior Tablets For Today And Tomorrow

Answer:See Vet If Problem Persists Or Worsens. However I Am Deeply Saddened By Vets Who Continue To Vaccinate Geriatric Cats For Diseases They Are Not At Risk For, As Well As See Situations Like This Where Cats Become Chronically Ill After Being Vaccinated Un Necessarily In My Opinion. You Should See Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier For More On This. Also Consider Consulting With Holistic Vet. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Holistic Vets Offer Phone Consultations

Date: 07/20/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Lukmia

Question: My Cat Is One Year Old She Has All The Signs Of Feline Leukemia With Sleeping For Three Days Althergic Her Eye Is Really Weird Lost Of Appetite .

Answer:Answered Previously

Date: 07/20/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Lukmia

Question: My Cat Is One Year Old She Has All The Signs Of Feline Leukemia With Sleeping For Three Days Althergic Her Eye Is Really Weird Lost Of Appetite .

Answer:I Would Not Assume Your Cat Has Feline Leukemia, As Many Possibilities To These Disturbances. This Cat Needs Full Workup, Blood Work, Etc

Date: 07/13/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Help My Kitten Is Sick

Question:I Just Got An 8wk Old Kitten And His Left Eye Has Been Closing Due To A Yellow Discharge. He Now Has Stopped Eating And Using The Bathroom. I Also Took His Temperature And It Was 99.0.

Answer:Best To See Vet For Proper Exam And Evaluation As May Need Feline Leukemia Virus/fiv Blood Best, As Well As Prescription Antibiotics, Etc

Date: 07/13/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia Spread By Shared Cat Food?

Question:Can Feline Leukemia Be Spread By Eating Wet Cat Food From The Same Bowl?

Answer:Yes It Is Possible, But This Virus Is Not As Contagious As People Think. I Would Have Vet Exam And Simple Blood Test In A Few Weeks After Exposure To See If Cat Is Positive

Date: 06/26/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Growth Development

Question:We Adopted 2 Siberian Kittens (litter Mates). One Is Male The Other Is Female. I Am Cpncerned Because The Male Isn't Growing. We Feed Both The Same Amount Of Kitten Food (1.5 Oz's 3x Daily). They Are Fed Blue Wilderness For Kittens Canned Food. We Free Feed The Blue Wilderness For Kittens Dry Food But They Won't Eat It. They Are Both Very Playful But The Male Kitten Just Seems To Be Getting Fat While The Female Is Slender And Long. My Vet Said To Give Them The Canned Food For Higher Protein Because The Same Day We Got Them The Male Had Diarrhea And Seemed Lethargic. She Treated Both With Ponazuril Because He Had Symptoms Of Coccidia And She Gave Him A B-12 Shot. This Seemed To Help Him Because He Became Playful After The First Day Of Medication. Not Sure If This Has Anything To Do With His Lack Of Growth But Thought I'd Mention It Just In Case. They Are Both 11 Weeks Old. Also, Not Sure If It Is Related But She Uses The Litter Box On Her Own While He Wants To Go On The Floor. He Will Use The Litter Box If We Put Him In It But It Almost Seems Like He Doesn't Remember Where It Is. We Are Using The Same Litter As The Breeder We Bought Them From.

Answer:I Would Return To Vet For Recheck And Evaluation. Perhaps Have Stool Recheck To Make Sure All Coccidia Parasites Gone, And/or If Any Other Parasites Show Up On Stool Check. Also Make Sure A Feline Leukemia Virus/fiv Blood Test Is Done As Well To Make Sure They Are Negative. Finally, Make Sure On Good Diet. I Am Not A Blue Fan, But Perhaps Try Pet Guard From Whole Foods Or Www.petguard.com As Well As Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. Put Them On Good Multi Vitamin Like Nu Cat From Vetri Science. I Would Ask Vet About Blood Work If This Turns Up Blind End

Date: 06/12/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Lukimeia

Question:Hi My Partner Recently Rescued A Cat We Have Just Found Out Has Feline Lukimeia The Cat About 8 Weeks Ago Gave Birth To 2 Beautiful Kitten Was Just Wondering What Their Chances Are At Not Having This Infection. And If Taking The Kittens Somewhere That Doesnt Have This Infection Give Them A Better Chance

Answer:Hard To Give You Exact Statistics On This. Kittens Can Be Tested Now For Feline Leukemia Virus And If Negative, Then Re Test Them In 4 More Weeks(at 90 Days) To See If They Have Become Infected At That Time. If They Have Not, Then They May Be Clear. However I Would Suggest Separating Them From The Mother Now, If Either Kitten Is Negative Now.

Date: 06/09/16
Category: First Aid
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:Is There Any Cure For Feline Leukemia

Answer:No Traditional Conventional Medical Cure If You Are Talking About Feline Leukemia Viral Infection. If Cancer, Then Best Treated Or Palliated By Consulting With Veterinary Oncologist. I Find That Holistic Vets Offer The Best Chance At Curing A Cat Truly From Feline Leukemia Viral Infection. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com

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