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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 6, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergic reaction to shots

Question:Hello, I picked up my dog from the vet the other day. She was a stray and discovered a few months back she had heartworms. Shes been treated and recieved all of her shots. 2 days ago she recieved her last two shots (24hrs apart). Shes been urinating alot as usual from the treatment. Today she has a full body rash. Can I treat with benadryl? All our vets our closed due to being snowed in so I am unable to get her vet on the phone. I dont see any abnormal swelling other than the inflamation usual caused by a rash.

Answer:Benadryl is usually not a problem at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily. See vet if signs persist or worsen

Date: Dec 24, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: In Frequent Urination Due To Drinking Very Little Water.

Question:Dr., Our 30 Pound, Two Year Old Retriever Mix Was Diagnosed With Heart Worms A Month Ago. She Has Been On Preventitive Meds Since We Adopted Her, Which Was A Year Ago. "sassy" Has Had Her First Round Of Medication Three Weeks Ago And Given A Sedative, Acepromazine 10 Mg, 1/2 Tablet Every 12 Hours. Her Drinking And Urnitation Habits Have Changed To Maybe 4 Or 5 Times In A 24 Hour Period. She Is Eating And Pooping, But Not Much Peeing. Should I Contact Her Vet?

Answer:Probably Best To Take Her Back To Vet Who Knows Her Best And Have Recheck Exam And Possibly Cbc/chemistry Blood Work And Urine Analysis To Make Sure No Infections Or Other Issues Causing The Change In Urination, Which May Or May Not Be Related To The Heartworm Infections Or Treatment

Date: Nov 26, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Amount To Give

Question:I Have A Great Dame Weighing 135 Lbs. I Bought Invermectin Tri Heart Plus 50-100 Lbs. For Dosage Can I Give 1 And A Half Tablets?

Answer:I Dont Think That Would Be A Problem To Give The 1.5 Tablets

Date: Nov 10, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Comparing Dog Heartworm Med

Question:Is Trifexis Recommend As Being Better Than Revolution? If So, Why? I Hear From Friends That Some Vets Do Not Stand Behind Or Sell Revolution Heartworm Meds For Dogs...your Opinion?

Answer:This Is Opinion Based On Vet's Experiences. In My Opinion, I Have Found Revolution Very Effective With Less Digestive Side Effects, Etc Than Trifexis In My Experience And Opinion

Date: Nov 10, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Comparing Dog Heartworm Med

Question:Is Trifexis Recommend As Being Better Than Revolution? If So, Why? I Hear From Friends That Some Vets Do Not Stand Behind Or Sell Revolution Heartworm Meds For Dogs...your Opinion?

Answer:Answered Previously

Date: Nov 9, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Wormers

Question:What Kind Of Symptoms Would A Cat Have If She Was Given To Much Over The Counter Dewormer

Answer:Most Likely Diarrhea And/or Vomiting, But Usually Short Lived

Date: Nov 7, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Inside Animal

Question:My Cat Lives Inside 100% Of The Time. would She Still Need Heart Worm Meds?

Answer:I Personally Dont Recommend Monthly Heartworm Meds In Indoor Only Cats, As It Is Rare For Cats To Develop Clinical Signs From Heartworms, Even In Pets That Go Outside.

Date: Nov 4, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney Disease

Question:Should Monthly Flea And Heart Worm Meds Be Discontinued After Diagnosis Of Kidney Disease?

Answer:That Decision Depends On Individualized Constitutional History Of The Pet, Age, As Well As Sensitivities, Etc. Speak With Your Local Vet On This. I Tend To Be More Conservative If Pet Has Chronic Kidney Disease, When Considering Pesticide Use.

Date: Oct 25, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Refusal To Take Trifexus

Question:Our German Shepherd Is Almost 2 Years Old And Has Been On Trifexis Heartworm Medicine Since We Got Her (4 Months); She Does Not Like To Take The Pill, Can Smell It When I Get Package Out Of The Cabinet, And I Am Afraid She did Not Take It All Last Month------what Risk Is She At Now in Developing Heartworm If She Did Miss A Dose? does She Need A Blood Test?

Answer:I Would Not Worry About The One Missed Dose, There Is A Protection Factor In These Pills As They Actually Work For Several More Weeks Then Once Monthly. However, If Your Dog Seems To Be Telling You Through Her Actions That She Does Not Like To Take The Pill, I Would Consider Changing To Another Ie Heartguard Or Interceptor And Do Separate Flea Medicine. In My Experience And Opinion, I Have Found That Dogs That Act Like This With Chewable Meds Are Associating The Pill With Not Feeling Well. Trifexis, While An Effective Medicine, Is Also Very Strong And I Have Seen Some Occasional Sensitive Shepherds Have Reaction To It

Date: Oct 9, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartgard Weekly For Heartworm Treatment

Question:My Vet Has Prescribed My Dog 1 Heartgard Pill Every Week For The Treatment Of Heartworms. He Was 8 Months Old When We Adopted Him And Found Out That He Has This. What Is The Percentage Rate Of Effectiveness This Cure May Have?

Answer:I Have Not Heard Of Dosing Heartworm Pills Like This. It Is Usually Done Once Monthly. Some Dogs Will Gradually Clear The Infection With This "slow Kill" Way Of Treating The Heartworms, But Is Not As Ideal As The Approved Few Dose Immiticide Treatment That You Can Ask Your Vet About. I Dont Have Percentages On Slow Kill But It Works In Some And Not In Others

Date: Sep 16, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartgard

Question:Can I Give Heartgard To My Dog That Is Nursing Pups That Are 10 Days Old Now?

Answer:I Would Wait Until Pups Are Weaned

Date: Sep 12, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm Medication Requirements

Question:I Am Being Told By The Vet I Just Recently Started Seeing That It Is A Requirement To Have A Physical Along With The Heartworm Blood Test To Get Heartworm Medication. I Have Had Dogs For 24 Years Now And I Have Never Had To Have A Physical And The Blood Test. The Blood Test Was The Only Requirement. Has The Requirements Changed Or Is The Vet Trying To Get More Money Out Of Me?

Answer:The American Veterinary Heartworm Society Does Recommend Annual Testing Of Dogs For Heartworms Before Renewing Medication

Date: Aug 28, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm

Question:In The Western Half Of Washington State, We Do Not Have A Heartworm Problem. It Is Only If We Travel With Out Pets Out Of This Region That We Need To Get Heartworm Medicine. So, Unless We Travel Again, We Do Not Need That Medicine For Schumacher Or Wendy.

Answer:Not Sure Your Question. I Would Use Heartworm Medication Monthly During The Areas That You Travel Which Have Heartworms In Warmer Seasons

Date: Aug 26, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm Causing Seizures

Question:Border Collie / Australian Cattle Mix Had Seizures Within A Day Of Giving Her Comboguard (spinosad, Milbemycin, Oxime). Vet Switched Her To Quadriguard (ivermectin, Pyrentel Pamoate, Praziquantel) And Seizures Went Away. Also Switched To 1800petmeds Brand Iverhart Max (ivermectin, Pyrantel Pamoate, Praziquantel) And Still No Seizures. Now, Iverhart Max Apparently Isn't Manufacturing Anymore. So What Do I Switch To? I've Read About Collies Having A Multi Drug Gene Mutation Issue, But It Seems Ivermectin Is The Main Drug That Dogs With The Gene Problem Interact To. I've Also Read That Spinosad + Heartworm Drugs Can Be Too Much On Their System, So Perhaps Switching Off Comboguard Originally Into The Quadriguard + Topical Flea Simple Guard Was The True Reason Seizures Went Away? I'm Just At A Loss As To What To Do Here. Thank You!

Answer:You May Want To Try Just Interceptor Without The Spinosad. You Can Also Try Herbal Heartworm Prevention Meds. See The Product On The Website Www.fiestapetdeli.com Which Is Made By Biovance

Date: Aug 21, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prescriptions Will Be Sent

Question:When The Prescriptions For My Dog, Gretel Lepore Are Filled, Angell Memorial Hospital Will Fax Them To You So I Can Fill Them For Her.

Answer:That Would Be Fine.


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