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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: 11/26/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Mitzi My 5 Year Old Dog Has Bald Patches, One On Each Hind Leg And The Other On The Front Of Her Neck Also Around Her Belly The Skin Is Dark Red. She Eats And Drinks As Normal, Has No Signs Of Ticks Or Fleas With Regular Combing And Bathing. Full Of Energy With No Signs Of Lethargy. In Other Places It Seems To Be Thinning, Any Ideas?

Answer:Many Possibilities From Secondary Bacterial Or Yeast Infections From Underlying Allergies(to Molds, Grasses, Trees, Dander, House Dust, Pollens, Ragweed, Etc) To Food Hypersensitivity To Less Likely Demodex Mange Mites. A Veterinary Exam Is Needed To Sort All Of These Out, As Well As Best Treatment Based On Skin Scrape And Other Diagnostic Testing. Hormonal Hair Loss Is Also Possible, Which May Be Due To Low Thyroid. Again All Need To Be Ruled Out By Your Vet

Date: 11/07/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Lossing Of Our Dog Labroid

Question:Sir Our Dog 9months Old Female Loosing Hairs A Lot How To Avoid It. Is There Any Problems To Us With The Hair.please Provide Me A Proper Suggestions.

Answer:Many Possibilities Of Hair Loss In Dogs, From External Skin Parasites Like Fleas, Ringworm And Mites, As Well As Allergies Of Various Causes, Hormonal Issues, As Well As Secondary Infections On Skin. You Need To Take Pet In For Proper Exam And Diagnosis/workup For These Possibilities Before I Can Advise

Date: 10/29/16
Category: Flea & Tick
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss Due To Tick And Flea

Question:I Have 11 Year Old German Shephad. Due To Tick And Flea She Almost Loose Her Hair. Please Provide Me The Name Of The Product To Regain My Dog's Hair.

Answer:If There Is Active Tick And Flea Infestation, I Would Recommend The Prescription Products From 1800petmeds Such As Nexguard Or Simparica, But You Will Need Written Script From Your Vet. You Could Try Topical Front Line However As Well. If Hair Loss Persists Or Worsens, Or Scabs And/or Itching Develop, Best To See Vet To See If Any Prescription Meds Or Antibiotics Needed

Date: 09/29/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:I Have A Lab Pit Mix Who Is Gonna Be 11 Months On The 2nd And We Been Noticing Hair Loss On Her Legs And Under Side Towards Her Rear. She Only Has One Bald Spot Under Her Face But That Is All. She Is Up On All Her Shots And Prevention So We Are Wondering What Could It Possible Be? Hormonal Maybe?

Answer:She Could Have Demodectic Mange, Which Is A Noncontagious Form Of Mites That Is Common In Pets Under One Year Of Age. A Vet Exam And Skin Scrape Is Needed For Proper Diagnosis And Treatment

Date: 09/28/16
Category: Grooming
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss In My Dog

Question:How Do I Treat Hair Loss In My Dog And How Can I Possibly Take Care Of It

Answer:Treatment Will Vary On The Specific Cause, Whether External Skin Parasite Or Fleas, Other Types Of Inhalent/contact Allergies, Food Allergies, Hormonal Issues Or Secondary Bacterial Or Yeast Infections All Can Cause Hair Loss. Proper Vet Exam And Evaluation Is Needed For Proper Diagnosis And Differentiating These Possibilities And Best Treatment

Date: 09/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Morning Dr. I Have A 6yr Old Australian Shepherd Female Bout 2weeks Ago We Noticed Hair Loss On Her Right Back Side , Thought Was Done In Yard But Doesnt Look Any Better, She Is Cleaning N Itching Herself Alot, Very Difficult To Bring Her To Vet. Any Advice Would Be Appreciated. Thank You Roger

Answer:Hard To Say. Could Be Flea Bite Allergy Whcih Often Appears Like This In Lower Back. You Could Try Over The Counter Flea Products Such As Front Line As Well As Treating Her With Antihistamine Like Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily. Also Add Fatty Acid Like Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 From 1800petmeds Which May Help As Well.

Date: 09/15/16
Category: Flea & Tick
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mites

Question:We're Currently Treating Our Dog For Mites With Revolution. We Haven't Been Able To Identify The Type Of Mite But We Also Have Them. Symptoms Are Crawling Sensation, Itching, Acne, Hair Loss And They Seem To Burrow In Hair Folicles. We Have Seen Great Improvement In Our Dog With The Revolution Treatment But Relief Seems To Last Only A Week After Applying It. The Directions On The Package State For Treating Mites, Reapply A Second Treatment After Two Weeks Then Follow Up With Monthly Treatments. My Question Is: How Often Can This Treatment Be Applied And How Should Bathing Be Handled During/in Between Treatments. Any Guidance Is Greatly Appreciated! Thank You!

Answer:Because We Cant Assume That Your Dog Has Demodex Mites, I Cant Make Recommendations Off Label And/or Regarding Mite Treatment Using Revolution. I Would Recommend A Veterinary Exam, Evaluation And Appropriate Diagnosis To Rule Out Secondary Bacterial Or Yeast Infections, From Possibly Underlying Allergic Or Hormonal Skin Disorders, Which Are More Common In The Pet Population

Date: 08/13/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Ho Doc, We Have A English Springer Spaniel Of 14 An Half Years Old , He Has A Thyroid Problem And Gets 2 Times A Day A Pill For That , His Diet Is Fresh Cooked Chicken ,Broccoli Or Green Beans Slice Of Whole Wheat Bread And Some Dry Food From Science Diet,. My Q. He Is Losing His Hair On Is Low Back, I See Little Round Black Things And Very Small Flakes , How Can I Solve This , Shampoo ? Change Of Diet ? He Gets Every Month The Advantix Ii Drops On His Neck, Or Do We Have To Get New Blood Works Done ? Please Advice Bruce

Answer:Make Sure No Fleas Or Flea Dirt On Dog, Which Can Both Cause Hair Loss In This Area. There Are Other Causes Of Hair Loss In Back And/or Itching There, Including Inhalent/contact Allergies And/or Food Allergies Which You Can Have Worked Up At Your Local Vet. You Can Try Adding Supplements Like Naturevet Enzymes And Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 Fatty Acid From 1800petmeds To Meals Which May Help When Used Long Term

Date: 08/05/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Dogs Losing. Hair

Question:Im Homeless. Dont Have Any Cash To Bring To Vet. Im In Redmond Oregon. Hes A Sharpa Pug Mix. Year Old. Hes Loseing Hair Under His Lages. Ive Had Him Since He Was. A Baby. An Im Trying. To B A Good. Dog Owner. Is There Any. Way To Help Us

Answer:In Case It Is Allergies, You Could Try Oral Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily And Oral Fatty Acid Like Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 Fatty Acid From 1800petmeds. Best To See, Vet However, For Proper Evaluation Of Hair Loss And Many Possible Causes.

Date: 07/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loss Of Hair

Question:My Chihuahua Has Been Developing A Bald Spot On Her Tail For A Year Or More. Only On Top About Halfway Down Her Tail. No Itching, Redness, Sores Etc. Today I Noticed The Same Thing On My Other Chihuahua. What Could This Be? Once Again, No Symptoms Besides Hair Loss On Tail

Answer:Many Possibilties From Contact Allergy To Hair Follicle Damage In That Area To Local Mites; See Your Vet For Exam And Evaluation To Sort These Out

Date: 07/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loosening Hair

Question:What Kind Of Vitamins Can I Buy For This Problem?

Answer:Many Can Help Including Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 And Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds. Best To See Vet To Check For Underlying Causes Of Hair Loss To Properly Address

Date: 07/18/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incessant Scratching And Chewing

Question:We Are At A Loss To Know What To Do For Our Chihuahua/jack Russell Terrier Mix. For Over A Year, She Has Scratched Until There Is No More Hair, Mostly On Her Neck, Chest And Undercarriage. We Have Had Allergy Tests Run, Avoid The Offensive Foods, Feed Her Only A Diet Of Freeze-dried Raw Food Of Duck/potato With Other Treats That She Is Not Allergic To. We Have Tried Different Steroids (she Gained Too Much Weight), Antihistimines (on Hydroxyzine Now), Been Prescribed Apoquel, But Can't Afford It. She Does Not Have Fleas/ticks, Our House Is Bug-free With An Organic, Natural Bug Spray. We Bathe Her With The Shampoo And Conditioner Sold On This Site For Skin Problems Regularly. She Is Currently Raw With No Hair On Her Neck Or Chest. What Else Can We Do?

Answer:I Would Work With Holistic Vet In Your Area Who Can Help With Individualized Approach To Your Animals.

Date: 07/17/16
Category: Grooming
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:My 6 Year Old Cat Is Having Hair Loss Maijorly On Her Tummy And Inside Legs And Arms And She Grooms Herself A Lot Now And Bites Herself...this Year Has Not Been Our Year It's Been Back And Forth To The Vet For This Or That. And Now This Is Happening, No Fleas Or Anything..help!! What Can I Do To Fix Her Or Make Hair Grow Back? I Tried To Put Kril Oil In Her Food And She Smelled It And Walked Away...i Put Anti Itch On Her Tummy. I Don't Wanna Spend Another 500

Answer:You Can Try Antihistamine Like Chlorphenirimine At Dose Of 2 Mg Twice Daily, In Case Allergies. However If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Best To Have Vet Check As May Need Cortisone, And/or Allergy Workup

Date: 07/17/16
Category: Grooming
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:My 6 Year Old Cat Is Having Hair Loss Maijorly On Her Tummy And Inside Legs And Arms And She Grooms Herself A Lot Now And Bites Herself...this Year Has Not Been Our Year It's Been Back And Forth To The Vet For This Or That. And Now This Is Happening, No Fleas Or Anything..help!! What Can I Do To Fix Her Or Make Hair Grow Back? I Tried To Put Kril Oil In Her Food And She Smelled It And Walked Away...i Put Anti Itch On Her Tummy. I Don't Wanna Spend Another 500

Answer:Answered Previously

Date: 07/16/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Our 7 Year Old Black Lab Is Excessively Losing Hair. Big Clumps. There's No Bald Spots. She Is On A Special Prescription Diet For Pancreatitis And Seems To Be Doing Much Better On It. She's Lost Weight And Has No More Gas. We Had To Put Our 8 Yr. Keeshond Down On Thursday And They Were Very Close. He Had Advanced Stage Liver Disease. I Know She Is Very Depressed Over Losing Him And Has Stopped Eating Too. Do You Think The Hair Loss Could Be A Result Of The Pancreatitis Or Should We Take Her To The Vet For Blood Work? Any Other Suggestions? Thank You.

Answer:Best To Take Her To Vet For Evaluation Of Underlying Metabolic Issues, Including Pancreatic Issues And/or Hormonal Issues Like Low Thyroid, Or Adrenal Gland Issue Involved Here. I Would Also Supplement With Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds And Lecithin Granules From Health Food Store.

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