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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 13, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 15 yr old lab

Question:My 15 almost 16 yr old lab who has been struggling recently was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Our vet put him on some anti inflammatory and other meds to help keep him comfortable but he is afraid with his age to do surgery. I feel like he's in pain and I don't want him suffering. I don't know if I should push for surgery or if this really is it and I should unfortunately start thinking about the next step

Answer:I would discuss all of these concerns with local vet who knows your pet best. You can ask about prescription anti inflammatories such as rimadyl or deramaxx as well as other pain meds like tramadol or gabapentin which are often used together to help symptoms. Good quality joint supplement such as Super joint enhancer and proanthozone from 1800petmeds should also be considered adding to the mix

Date: Sep 7, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:Hip Dysplasia I Took My Dog To The Vet About 2 Weeks Ago And I Was Given Some Anti Flammatory Pills And Some Glutamine Joint Pills Because The Vet Said Possible Hip Issues. He Did Take X-rays And I Have Another Appointment On Monday But It Seems Like Her Right Back Leg Kind Of Twist In A Little Bit And She Does Do The Bunny Hop When She's Walking So I'm Wondering If She Has Hip Dysplasia What Is It Cost For Surgery? She Is An 8 Month Old Lab Pit Mix

Answer:Surgery Options And Best Choice Will Depend On Anatomy Of Your Individual Dog, As Well As Degree Of Dysplasia, Etc. Sometimes Hip Replacements Are On Option, As Well As What Are Called Salvage Procedures Like Fho Procedure. Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Orthopedic Specialist In Your Area For Expert Opinion

Date: Sep 1, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:My Dog Has Been Diagnosed With Hip Dysplasia, She Is Almost 7 Years Old. She Has Been Showing Signs For About A Year Now. She Limps And Does Not Use Her One Rear Leg Much. She Has Started Glucosamine And Fish Oil Recently. It Has Not Been Too Long Yet. Without Surgery What Will Happen To Her Quality Of Life?

Answer:Quality Of Life Will Depend On Severity Of Hip Dysplasia And Symptoms Shown By Animal More Importantly, As Well As Making Sure Other Causes Of Rear Leg Lameness. You May Want To Get Second Opinion From Another Vet In Your Area To Make Sure No Other Issues Like A Chronically Low Level Torn Cruciate Ligament Of The Back Stifle(knee Joint). Also Add Other Supplements Such As Proanthozone And Yucca Intensive From 1800petmeds

Date: Aug 30, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:It Shows Here That Dogs Usually Can't Walk When Suffering From Hip Dysplasia But My Dog Walks Fine It's Just The Getting Up Part That Worries Me He Has A Really Hard Time Getting Up And It Does Seem Like One Of This Legs Is Weaker Than The Other Looking Up His Symptoms I Decided To Buy Him Pro Sense Glucosamine Advanced Strength And It Seems Like It's Working My Question Is Will My Dog Ever Be Normal Again I Haven't Gone To The Vet Yet Cause He Just Started Walking That Way A Day Ago His A Old English Bulldog 5 Months

Answer:I Would Not Assume The Weakness Is From Or Not From Hip Dysplasia. There Are Much Causes Of Weakness And/or Stiffness Even In Puppies This Age. And Pets Do Develop All Degrees Of Hip Dysplasia. Pets Can Have It And Still Walk Quite Well

Date: Apr 27, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rottweiler Hip/back Popping

Question:We Have An 8 Month Old Rottweiler Who Shows No Signs Of Pain, But There Is A Soft Popping Sound Coming From His Backend. It Sounds Like It Is In His Hip. He Runs, Jumps, Walks Normal. Is There Anything This Could Be Other Than Hip Dysplasia?

Answer:Hip Dysplasia Or A Sliding Patella Or Partially Damaged Acl Ligament Of The Knee/stifle Joint Is Also Possible. I Would Recommend Vet Exam And Evaluation ,And Possibly Sedation, Palpation Of The Stifles, And A Good Set Of Stifle And Hip X Rays To See.

Date: Apr 13, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Displaysia

Question:Is It Normal For A 8 Month Old Bull Mastiff To Already Have Signs Of Hip Dysplasia. And What Would Be The Best Treatment For Her ?

Answer:Dogs Can Show Signs Of Hip Dysplasia At Any Time During First 2 Years. I Would Not Assume That Is Diagnosis With Proper Physical Exam And/or X Rays

Date: Mar 29, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skinny Hips In 8 Week Old Puppy

Question:We Took Our 8 Week Old Labrador Puppy For His First Vaccinations And The Vet Observed How He Looked Normal From Hips Up And A Bit Thin/lacking Muscle Mass From Hips Down. He Shows No Signs Of Hip Dysplasia And Walks, Runs And Stands On Back Legs Normally. He Is Quite A Thin Dog Generally As He Had Trouble Weaning. He Still Cannot Eat Dry Food Without Diarrhoea. This Is Obviously A Problem As We Need To Slow His Growth By Giving Him A Premium Dry Puppy Food For Large Breeds. Are Thin Hips In Puppys A Very Early Sign Of Hip Dysplasia? Any Tips Of How To Feed Him A Low Protein Etc Wet Food Diet? Thank You.

Answer:Thin Hips In Puppy Are Not Necessarily A Sign Of Hip Dysplasia. This Puppy Sounds Like It Would Benefit More From A Holistic, Natural Diet Such As A Proper Home Made Diet; See The Website Www.k9petchef.com For More Information And The Book Dr Pitcairn's Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd I Would Also Put Him On Probiotic Like Fortiflora And Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds

Date: Mar 28, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Injury Or Hip Displasia

Question:Hello, I Have A Male 8 Month Old Labrador. A Couple Of Days Ago He Went For A Walk & Had A Big Run & Swam For The 1st Time. he Seemed Exhausted After Which Is Normal As He's Had A Long Walk Before And Was The Same. However I Noticed Him Winging A Bit When He Would Move Lying Down Positions, Nothing Major Just Seemed A Bit Odd. Then I Picked Him Up That Same Day At Put Him Down & He Yelped As He Back Leg Came Down Which Was Odd. Since Then He Had A Walk Yesterday With No Running Involved And He Was Perfectly Fine When Out But Towards The End Whined A Little Which Isn't Like Him As If His Leg Was Hurting. He Seems Pain Free & Trots Normally, But We Noticed When He Walks Sometimes After Lying Down For A While Or After Excersise It Looks Like One Leg Crosses The Other & He Dies Wiggle His But A Bit Too. On The Day It Started He Was Limping A Bit But That Has Now Gone Now So I Don't Know If That Means It Could Be An Injury. He Seems Quite Reluctant To Jump In & Out Of The Car At The Minute Too. Earlier Today He Was Just Sitting Down, Got Excited When I Walked In & Got Up But Let Out S Little Cry & Was Almost Healed Over On One Side & Then Immediately Went To Sit Down. He Sits Normally Most Of The Time But Also Sometimes Does The Frog Sit But He Has Always Done That. & When He's Going Up The Stairs He Is Bunny Hoping But He Does That Most Of The Time Too. Sometimes It's Not To Bad & Sometimes It Doesn't Look Right But We Have Only Properly Noticed It A Couple Of Days Ago But When He Was 4 Months My Mum Noticed He Was Swaying His Hips A Bit But I Never Really Sore It & Up Till Now We Have Had No Issues. He Is Currently Standing With His Bag Legs Quite Close Together! Was Wondering If You Think It's Just An Injury Or If It Sounds Like Hip Displasia ? hope To Hear From You Soon! lizzie

Answer:An Injury Or Hip Dysplasia Are All Possible. Needs Full Vet Exam And Possibly X Rays Of Lower Spine And Hips Under Anesthesia For Proper Diagnosis And Treatment Plan

Date: Mar 23, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:My 12 Yr Old Shepherd Has Developed What I Think Is Hip Dysplasia Within The Last 2 Months. He Can No Longer Stand On His Own And His Rear End Will Not Move As If It Were Paralyzed . My 2 Questions Are: Can Steroids And /or Other Pain Med.s Help Him? Also Can You Give Me A Estimate Only Of What A Hip Replacement Would Cost? He Is A Very Healthy And Was A Very Active Dog Until This Hip Problem.

Answer:Hip Replacement Likely Not An Option In Pet This Age. Steroids And/or Other Pain Medications, Anti Inflammatories, Etc May Be Helpful In Extending Quality Of Life. Best To See Your Local Vet For Exam And Evaluation

Date: Feb 3, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Displaysia

Question:My Golden Retriever Is 19 Months Old . His Right Hind Leg Trembles When He Puts Weight On It . He Has Difficulty In Getting Up, His Thigh Muscles Are Weak . There Is Grating Sound In His Right Hind Leg Joint To The Hip. Does He Have Hip Displaysia? I Can Send A Picture Of His X-ray . Thank You

Answer:Hip Dysplasia Is Possible As Well As Problems With The Stifle Or Knee Joint. Best To See Vet For Exam, Evaluation And Proper X Rays For Diagnosis

Date: Feb 3, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Displaysia

Question:My Golden Retriever Is 19 Months Old . His Right Hind Leg Trembles When He Puts Weight On It . He Has Difficulty In Getting Up, His Thigh Muscles Are Weak . There Is Grating Sound In His Right Hind Leg Joint To The Hip. Does He Have Hip Displaysia? I Can Send A Picture Of His X-ray . Thank You

Answer:Answered Previously. Hip Dysplasia Is Possible, As Well As Knee Or Stifle Problems. Best To Have Vet Check And X Rays To Sort This Out

Date: Aug 26, 2013
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lab Issue

Question:Hello i Have A Large Lab, Will Be 4 At The End Of Sept. He Weighs 104 But Is Tall. The Vet Says He Is In Top Shape As He Is A Hunting Dog And Is Run Year Round. He Will Hunt For 4-5 Hours Per Day If I Allow And Can Keep Up With Him. Back In Feb He Awoke In The Middle Of The Night With A Yelp And Flopping On The Floor. I Calmed Him But He Could Not Get Up Which Is Why He Was Panicked. After 10 Minutes Or So, He Was Up And Fine. I Figured His Leg Went To Sleep Due To An Awkward Postion. Then Yesterday, He Acted Very Odd And Was Scared And I Got Him To Sit And Then I Held Him As He Was Panicked Again And It Appeared That He Could Not Get Up Again. After 10 Minutes Or So Of Calming He Was Up And Fine. Tonight We Were With A New Pup Running And Tearing Around. i Doubt It Is Hip Dysplasia As He Runs Like A Horse At Our Field Almost Daily. Could He Have A Nerve Tweek Or Could It Be Neurological ? Is There A Basic Blood Test That Can Detect Some Basic Isues ? We Are Getting Ready To Fly To South Dakota In Oct. Thanks For Your Help.

Answer:I Would Monitor Closely As He May Have Had Seizure In Middle Of Night. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Have Full Cbc/chem And Thyroid Profile At Vet To Make Sure No Underlying Medical Issues.

Date: Jul 21, 2013
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pain Remedies

Question:I Have A Boxer With Hip Dysplasia And A Mixed Breed With A Cruciate Tear. I Have Been Giving Them Glucosamine Chondroitan , Fish Oil Caps With 300 Mg Omega 3 And Boswellia For Several Years. I Am Told That My Natural Remedy Store Does Not Carry The Boswellia Any More. I Was Recommended Devils Claw, But Am Finding Mixed Reviews. I Do Have Tramadol Should They Come Up Lame. But I Would Rather Prevent It. Can You Give Me A Recommendation For A Herbal Supplement? Thank You

Answer:My Favorite Herbal Supplement For Dogs(as Well As Having A Human Version Called Protandim) Is A Supplement Called Canine Health By Life Vantage. To Learn More About This Great Supplement For People And Dogs, See Www.abcliveit.com To Order Canine Health, Go To Www.mylifevantage.com/drdym You Can Also Get The Protandim For People If Interested.

Date: Dec 17, 2012
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Congenital

Question:What Illness/problems Are Shih Tzu's Prone To? And Is Hip Dysplasia One Of Them?

Answer:Shitzus Are Not Specifically Prone To Any More Diseases Than Other Breeds. Hip Dysplasia Not One Of Them.

Date: Jul 2, 2012
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Proin Drug/adverse Reaction

Question:Hello To You. My Dog, A Female Rottweiler, Was Elderly {12} Years In Age With Hip Dysplasia And Arthritis} But Very Healthy Otherwise. For Years She Had Successfully Taken "artho-ionex" For Joint Pain And She Did Very Well On This Herbal Formula. In Time She Became Increasingly Incontinent, Urinating On Floors With No Control. The Vet Prescribed "proin" To Her Without A Physical Exam Or Xrays. Her Health Changed Drasically With The First Dose. She Took Her First Dose On Tuesday And On Saturday She Died. She Couldn't Breathe Normally, Seemed Excited,And Her Heart Rate Seemed Elevated. Was He Negligent, Or Was I, Or Was It Both Of Us? I Did Not Acribe Her Symptoms To The Medicine At The Time But Was Confused And Surprised At The Sudden Turn For The Worse. I Didn't Figure This Out Until It Was Too Late. I Spent Hundreds Keeping Her Healthy And I Would Never Intentionally Harm My Dog. My Heart Is Broken, As She Was The Most Incredible Dog You Will Ever Meet In Your Lifetime. She Was Not Monitored By Him While She Was On It. I Called On Friday To Tell The Staff Maggie Was Not Doing Well And Seemed Close To Death. No One Told Me To Stop The Medicine. Perhaps She Had An Underlying Condition That Caused Such A Bad Reaction{?} But She Had Never Had A Prescription Drug In Her Life Before. {the Vet Had Encouraged Me To Euthanize Her Because Of Her Age & Arthritis} What Do You Think? Thank You.

Answer:Sounds Like A Rare Reaction To Proin Which Is Prescribed To Thousands Of Dogs Across The Country Without Any Ill Effect. I Am Sorry For Your Loss.


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