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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Dr. Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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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: Jan 14, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: is it demodex

Question:Yes my dog daisy is a dashador I have had her to the Dr they gave her a shot it helped some but she's scratching and biting and losing her hair on tail and back they said she was allergic to fleas I think she has demodex what is the best treatment to heal her and get her fur back

Answer:I would NOT assume it is demodex mange mites, as most of time in adult pets, allergies and secondary yeast and/or bacterial infections are more likely involved. A vet exam and allergy assessment is needed as well as whether infections need to be addressed. You can try oral benardryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily, as well as add fatty acid like Be WEll from 1800petmeds to meals. Ask vet about newer drugs called Apoquel and cytopoint, which are both prescriptions

Date: Jan 11, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:I have a 12 year old Schnoodle who is losing hair on his neck, the front of his legs and a spot on his side. The vet has tested him for Cushings disease and thyroid issues both were negative. His skin is healthy. No itching redness or inflammation. Are there any supplements that might help him regrow hair?

Answer:He may have atypical Cushings Disease or another condition called alopecia x. You can try supplements like melatonin and lignans, which are also used in dogs with Cushings. See lignans for pets website which you can google on line

Date: Jan 4, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:Hi my dog alfie is a 7 year old beagle. 12 months ago he was put on anti seizure tablets and steroids. I've just noticed under his hair at the bottom was a crust and skin really red. When I touched it all the area hair fell out. Could u please explain why this may occur.

Answer:Hard to say without examining dog. See vet for exam, skin scrape and/or possibly fungal or bacterial culture for proper diagnosis and treatment

Date: Jul 28, 2016
Category: Hair Loss
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: Jan 30, 2016
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Our 11 Year Golden Is Experience Hair Loss (mid Winter) There Are No Bald Spots But It Is Coming Out In Small Clumps Daily - We Started Her On Omega 3 Tablets This Week But No Noticeable Change Yet. Her Buddy' Of 11 Years, Our Boxer Passed Away About 8 Weeks Ago. Any Ideas? And Thanks In Advance.

Answer:Best To Have Vet Exam And Evaluation As May Have Infection Of Hair Follicles, Or Hormonal Issue Like Low Thyroid, Etc Which Vet Can Check

Date: Mar 17, 2014
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:My Dog Has Hair Loss In Areas And Black Patches Next To The Hair Loss. What Could It Be And A Fix To It Thank You

Answer:Needs Vet Exam And Skin Scrape,Evaluation For Many Possible Causes Before I Can Advise.

Date: May 28, 2012
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:I Have A 1 Year Old Shih Tzu Who's Recently Experiencing Some Hair Loss On The Lower Side Of His Tail. It Seems To Be Balding A Little And There Are No Signs Of Redness Or Irritation.

Answer:I Would Do Thorough Flea Combing Of Her As Could Be Flea Bite Allergy.

Date: Jul 26, 2011
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Symmetrical Hair Loss

Question:My Brittany Who Is Six Has Symmetrical Hair Loss On His Shoulders/back. He Tested Negative For Thyroid And All Of His Organ Tests Were Ok. The Vet Recommended Melatonin. Where Do I Find Melatonin For Dogs?

Answer:You Can Find Melatonin At Local Health Food Store. For Dose, Ask Your Vet As That Would Depend Upon Weight.

Date: Feb 28, 2010
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss Around The Top Of Her Tail

Question:We Just Noticed She Has Hair Loss Around Her Looks Like She Been Shaved But Not She Always Draggs Her Butt Around On The Floor Like She Scrayching It So We Wormed Her She Was In Heat To Weeks Ago Theres No Signs Of Redness Or Puss Just Hairloss What Could It Be.

Answer:I Would Have Vet Check Anal Glands Out To See If Impacted Or Infected. Also Do Thorough Flea Combing As Flea Bite Allergy Commonly Causes This Kind Of Hair Loss At This Location.

Date: Aug 20, 2009
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:We Have A Great Dane/weimaraner And Noticed Hair Loss On Chest Front And Back Legs. Is He Just Sheding?

Answer:Tough To Say. Could Be Shedding, Hair Follicle Issue, Mange Mites, Less Likely Ringworm, Or Possibly Hormonal. Only Vet Exam And Skin Scrape, Evaluation Can Sort All Of These Out

Date: Jul 3, 2009
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: First Aid

Question:What Are The Symptoms Of An Allergic Reaction On A Small Dog (chihuahua) To Frontline? What Are The Symptoms Of Poisoning?

Answer:Most Commonly Would Be Topical Irritation Or Hair Loss At Site Of Application, But More Rarely Are Digestive Upset, Neurological Symptoms Like Hyperssnsitivity Of Spine And Even More Rarely Seizures. I Have On Rare Occasions Seen Autoimmune Blood Disorders. These However Are Not Common.

Date: Dec 7, 2008
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Biting Himself And Pulling Out Hair

Question:We Have Had Our Cat For Several Months Now. When We Adopted Him He Seemed To Be Extremely Friendly. After We Got Him Home We Realized That He Doesn't Seem To Like Kids Much. He Hides From My Son All The Time. We Brought Him Home A Toy Cat To Play With And The Next Day Realized That He Had Pulled Out The Hair At The Tip Of His Tail. We Immedietly Got Rid Of The New Toy And He Is Still Continuing This Behavior. On One Accasion He Had Actually Drawn Blood. We Catch Him Wagging His Tail, Watching It, And Attacking It With His Claws And Teeth. We Usually Try To Stop The Behavior When We Catch Him. The Loss Of Hair Remains At The End Of His Tail. We Brush Him Obsessivly And Have Never Once Seen A Flea. Could He Just Be Extremely Playful, Could It Be Anxiety, Or It Something Much More Serious Going On?

Answer:I Would See Vet For Full Exam And Possibly Blood Work To Make Sure No Health Issues. A Prescription Drug Like Amitryptylline May Be Helpful Here As It Is Both Antihistamine And Can Help With Stress/anxiety. Ask Your Vet About. Also Add Nordic Naturals Pet Cod Liver Oil To Meals For Long Term Skin Health And Put Your Cat On Dmg Immune Booster Liquid From 1800petmeds.

Date: Apr 7, 2008
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:I Have A 5 Year Old Female Boxer That Is Mainly An Indoor Dog. She Had Developed Hair Loss On Her Back An It Seems To Be Getting Bigger. The Skin That Is Exposed Looks Dark In Color. She Sleeps Mainly On Her Back And There Is No Noticeable Itching, Redness, Bumps Or Inflammation, Her Appetite Is Good And Play's Normal. She Lives With 2 Cats That Want Nothing To Do With Her And They Have None Of These Symptoms What Could It Be?

Answer:This Breed Comonly Gets A Seasonal Hair Loss Pattern Like This For Some Unknown Reason. It Often Responds To Low Dose Melatonin Therapy At 3 To 5 Mg Daily. However It Is Mostly Cosmetic Issue Which Usually Resolves On Its Own. Only Other Differential Which Commonly Seen Is Low Thyroid Which Your Vet Can Easily Rule Out With Blood Test.

Date: Dec 9, 2007
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Not Eating/hair And Skin Loss

Question:My 7 Year Old House Cat, Heather Has Always Kept Pretty Much To Herself. Nickname: Fat Cat (avg. 14 Lbs) Regular Vet Visits/vaccinations. Recently I Picked Her Up To Find That She Was Skin And Bones. I Fed Her Wet Cat Food And She Ate Like She Hadn't Eaten In Weeks. After Two Days Of Eating Well, She Began Eating The Broth Only. Tonight My Toddler Grabbed The Hair On Her Back Before We Could Stop Him. The Hair And Skin Came Off Easily Leaving A 2" X 3" Area Of Raw Flesh. Heather Did Not Flinch Or Cry. I Applied Neosporin To The Open Wound And She's Now Lying In Front Of The Fireplace. I Plan To Take Her To The Vet This Week But In The Interim, Any Advice On How To Make Her Comfortable Would Be Appreciated. (i'm Keeping The Toddler Far Away.) Any Ideas Of What May Have Caused The Loss In Apetite And Skin/hair Loss?

Answer:The Skin/hair Loss Is Usually Seen In Very Severe Systemic Disease In Cats Such As Viruses Like Fip, Felv Or Fiv Or Some Other Systemic Problem Sometimes Involving Low Blood Protein Levels Which Is What Give The Strength To Connective Tissue Like Skin. Full Blood Work At Vet Can Sort This Out. I Would Just Keep Area Moist With Neosporin Until Your Vet Exam. Other Issues Like Kidney/liver Issues Are Also Possible

Date: Oct 3, 2007
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hairloss

Question:My Pomeraian Is Loosing Her Hair.. Is There Something I Can Do For Her To Help Get It Back, Vet Say's Her Health Is Very Good.. Help Please

Answer:I Would Ask Vet About Why Losing Hair. I Would Have Complete Blood Work Done Including Thyroid And If Symptoms Of Cushings Present Test For That As Well, In Addition To Skin Scrape For External Parasites As Well As Assessment For Allergies, Fleas, Etc Try Better Diet Like Azmira From 1800petmeds As Well As Add Supplements Like Prozyme And Missing Link To Meals. I Also Like Lecithin Granules And Kelp From Health Food Store. If All This Does Not Help And Hair Loss Continues, Then Get Skin Biopsy For Definitive Diagnosis


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