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Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 11/28/16
Category: Seizure Disorder
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Seizure Disorder Or Pulled Neck Muscle?

Question:I Adopted A Senior Chihuahua (we Believe He Is Around 10 Years Old But Unsure Of His Exact Age) Two Years Ago. Since Then He Has Had Three What I Believe Are Seizures. They All Start With Him Waking Up Screaming And His Body Appears To Be Paralyzed. They Only Last About A Minute And He Pants And Is Very Lethargic Afterwards. Since They Are Very Infrequent And Usually Happen On Days When He's Been Overstimulated I Haven't Been Too Concerned About Them. Three Days Ago He Began Whimpering, Panting And Screaming When I Would Touch His Head And Chest But Never In The Same Spot And His Body Temperature Felt Hot To The Touch. He Has Had Dental Problems And We Had To Remove Most Of His Teeth. An Abscessed Mouth Doesn't Seem To Be The Issue This Time. Granted He Is Very Dramatic/spoiled... Over The Holiday Weekend The Pain Seems To Have Worsened. He Wakes Up Screaming His Head Off And Calms Down To A Whimper When I Comfort Him. After The Screaming Episode He Appears Stiff In His Neck (which Looks Like It Is Swollen Or Maybe He Has Just Gained Some Weight) And He Is Leaning Slightly To The Side When Standing. His Head Is Tilted And Appears Stiff Sometimes And Then He Has Moments When It Looks Like Nothing Is Hurting Him, Usually After He's Been Awake For A Few Minutes. He Will Not Jump Or Raise Up On His Back Legs Like He Usually Does. No Certain Spot On His Body Seems To Hurt Him When I Touch It After He Has Calmed Down Which Concerns Me That This Is A Series Of Mini Seizures Or A Possible Stroke.

Answer:Sounds Like It Could Be More Likely A Pinched Nerve Or Disc Or Nerve Spasm In Various Areas Of Spine And/or Neck. Mini Seizures Are Always Possible, But I Suspect The Spinal Issue More Likely. You Need To Take Your Pet To Local Vet For Exam And Workup To Sort This Out And Best Treatment Plan

Date: 08/22/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Looseing Hair

Question:I Have A Older Dog She Is Looseing Hair In Blotches Im Sure Its Not Mange I Have Got Happy Jack And Tried That I Aso Used Shapleys Mtg Plus For Hair Growth Nothing Seems To Work I Really Don't Have The Extra Cash 4 A Vet Any Ideas What I Can Use I Also Got The Hot Spot Spray

Answer:Not Much I C An Mention At Home. You Can Try Malaseb Shampoo From 1800petmeds Every Few Days, As Well As Oral Fatty Acid Like Be Well. See Vet If Signs Persist

Date: 07/08/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot Spot Turned Dark

Question:Hi! I Tool My Dog To The Vet About 3-4 Weeks Ago For A Hot Spot That Looked Really Irritated. She Gave Him A Shot And Oral Medication But I Noticed That The Hot Spot Now Look Dark Kind Of Like A Mole And The Hair Does Not Look Like Its Growing Back. Is This Normal?

Answer:I Would Recommend Vet Recheck To Make Sure No Residual Hot Spot Infection And/or If A Mole Is Present That May Need To Be Biopsied

Date: 07/08/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot Spot Turned Dark

Question:Hi! I Took My Dog To The Vet About 3-4 Weeks Ago For A Hot Spot That Looked Really Irritated. She Gave Him A Shot And Oral Medication But I Noticed That The Hot Spot Now Look Dark Kind Of Like A Mole And The Hair Does Not Look Like Its Growing Back. Is This Normal?

Answer:Anwered Previously

Date: 06/17/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Swelling

Question:We Gave Our Chihuahua A 5 Way Shot Somewhere Near Her Right Shoulder Or Neck Region, And A Week After There Is A Swollen Spot In That Area, Kinda Hard And Somewhat Uncomfortable For Her. What Should We Do? A Hot Pack For It? Maybe An Nsaid Of Some Sort? Let Me Know, Thanks!

Answer:Best To Never Give Her 5 Way Shots Again, Which Is Way Overkill For Most Pets, Especially Toy Breeds. . See Article I Wrote On Www.doctordym.com As Well As Www.rabieschallengefund.org For More Info On Overvaccinaion Issue. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet For Evaluation

Date: 06/16/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin Discoloration

Question:Hi! I Have A 7year Old Wheaten Terrier. We've Fought Against Allergies/hot Spots Her Entire Life. She Recently Had A Hot Spot That Looked Like A Blister. The A Lot Has Healed But Is Now Black. Is That Normal Or Should I Get Her Checked Out? Thanks!

Answer:I Would Get Her Checked Out To Make Sure No Residual Yeast And/or Bacterial Infection

Date: 06/11/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot Spots

Question:Is Veterinary Formula Clinical Care The Hot Spot And Itch Relief Medicated Shampoo Good For Hot Spots?

Answer:I Have Little Experience With These Products So I Cant Comment On Them

Date: 03/25/16
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot Spots

Question:Vet Shaved A Hot Spot Under The Chin And Prescribed Antibiotics. Dog Continues To Scratch And We Are Using A Collar To Keep Him From Scratching But This Is Not Ideal. What Can We Do To Stop Him From Scratching? The Area Seems Sensitive ...

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vet About Possible Cortisone Injection Or Low Dose Prednisone Orally As Need To Break Itch Cycle Here

Date: 02/16/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin Problems, Itching, Odor, Shaking, And Tilting Head To One Side As If Water In Ear

Question:About Three Weeks To A Month Ago My Border Collie Mix Who Is A Year Old Started Scratching And Biting Himself Alot, I Noticed Some Fleas So I Bought A Flea Collar, And Bathe Him About Once A Week Or So. But Still Constant Itching, I've Bought A Spray For The Itching And A Hot Spot Gel, Last Week I Changed His Food To No Grain Diet And Made Him Some Dog Treats With Coconut Oil And Brewers Yeast A Remedy Found On The Internet For Dog Allergy And Flea Treatment. After All This Still No Relief. So As I'm Searching The Directory For A Vet He Starts Shaking His Head And Has Some Body Shakes As Well (as If Nervous) And Then Tilts His Head To One Side. I Was Concerned Of Mites So That's Why The Vet Appointment But With This New Shaking And Head Tiltiing I'm Worried Maybe He Is Having A Seizure Of Some Sort Or Something. He Hasn't Been His Normal Self For The Past Week. He Is Real Skiddish And Seems Scared, I Attributed That To Me Putting On The Spray And Gel As He Doesn't Like That. He Gets Real Scared And Shakes When I'm Applying These. What Are Your Thoughts. I Don't Have Alot Of Money For Vet Bills But I Am Taking Him In Today In A Couple Of Hours. Thank You

Answer:He Needs A Veterinary Exam To Evaluate For Secondary Bacterial And/or Yeast Infections Which Are Usually Due To Underlying Allergies In Dogs. Hopefully Your Vet Visit Went Well And These Issues Were Addressed.

Date: 02/16/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin Problems, Itching, Odor, Shaking, And Tilting Head To One Side As If Water In Ear

Question:About Three Weeks To A Month Ago My Border Collie Mix Who Is A Year Old Started Scratching And Biting Himself Alot, I Noticed Some Fleas So I Bought A Flea Collar, And Bathe Him About Once A Week Or So. But Still Constant Itching, I've Bought A Spray For The Itching And A Hot Spot Gel, Last Week I Changed His Food To No Grain Diet And Made Him Some Dog Treats With Coconut Oil And Brewers Yeast A Remedy Found On The Internet For Dog Allergy And Flea Treatment. After All This Still No Relief. So As I'm Searching The Directory For A Vet He Starts Shaking His Head And Has Some Body Shakes As Well (as If Nervous) And Then Tilts His Head To One Side. I Was Concerned Of Mites So That's Why The Vet Appointment But With This New Shaking And Head Tiltiing I'm Worried Maybe He Is Having A Seizure Of Some Sort Or Something. He Hasn't Been His Normal Self For The Past Week. He Is Real Skiddish And Seems Scared, I Attributed That To Me Putting On The Spray And Gel As He Doesn't Like That. He Gets Real Scared And Shakes When I'm Applying These. What Are Your Thoughts. I Don't Have Alot Of Money For Vet Bills But I Am Taking Him In Today In A Couple Of Hours. Thank You

Answer:Answered Previously.

Date: 02/06/16
Category: Allergy
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itchy

Question:My 1.5 Year Old Golden Retrievers Have Been Very Itchy Lately , Sybil Had A Hot Spot And It Is Now Healed. They Are Still Very Itchy I Feed Them Grain Free Food And Also Grizzly Salmon Oil Pumped Into It Daily. What Else Can I Do To Help Them, They Do Not Have Fleas Thanks To Advantage And I Also Groomed Them Daily...brush Them. Any Help Would Be Helpful.

Answer:She Could Have Other Types Of Allergies Known As Inhalent/contact Allergies Or Atopy; Otherwise Known As Doggy Hayfever. You Can Try Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet For Full Allergy Workup

Date: 01/20/16
Category: First Aid
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot Spot/fleas

Question:Hello, I Have A Medium Size Dog Who Is Around 9 Years Old. My Previous Housemate Had A Cat Who Had Fleas At One Point And After She Moved Out I Brought My Dog. She Is Prone To Having Hot Spots And Started Licking Her Hind Legs And Base Of Her Tail And Got Two Baseball Size Hot Spots Overnight. I Realized That A Part Of That Was Due To Fleas And Another Might Be The Adjustment To Moving In With Me. I Had Some Of Her Hot Spot Spray For The Vet Back Home Since She Recently Had One. When Giving Her A Flea Bath I Noticed This Black Area On Her Tail. She Is Very Sensitive When It Come To That Particular Spot And Is Making It Hard For Me To Get A Better Look At It. There Is A Foul Smell Coming From The Sores. I Have A Cone On Her Now So Hopefully Things Should Heal And I Don't Have A Vet That I Can See For At Least Two Weeks.

Answer:You Can Try Topical Hydrocortisone Spray And/or Cream To Area, As Well As Oral Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily Until You Can Have Vet Exam Treat With Good Flea Prevention Products Such As Topical Revolution Or Comfortis

Date: 01/05/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot Spot

Question:My Dog Has A Dark Hard Hot Spot The Size Of A Quarter Or A Little Larger , How Do I Treat It?

Answer:You Can Try Topical Warm Green Tea As A Soak To The Area. Blot Dry And Apply 1% Hydrocortisone Cream A Few Times Daily. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Vet For Cortisone Shot And/or Antibiotic Therapy

Date: 11/13/15
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rapid Shallow Breathing, Behaviour Change And Disinterest In Water.

Question:Hi, I'm Just After Some Info On My Dog. He Is 14 And Western Highland Terrior X Maltese. He Was Diagnosed With Heart Problems Many Years Ago. He Has Heartworm And A Heart Murmur. He Also Has Seizures, Varying In Frequency But Safe To Say He Has One Most Months, Sometimes More, For About A Year And A Half Or Maybe A Little Longer. Sometimes He Has Multiple In A Span Of A Day/few Days But This Is Rare. He Had One On Wednesday Night And Then Another One On Thursday (although A Year Ago He Had A Really Bad Week Where He Would Of Had About 5 But He Came Good). Since He Had The First One The Other Night He Has Been In Quite Bad Shape. His Rate Of Breathing Has Really Increased (above 40 Per Minute) And He Seems Really Down. At First He Kept Going Outside Trying To Lay In The Sand And Wasn't Doing Much At All, Also My Other Dog Who Has Been His Inseparable Companion For 10 Years Has Been Avoiding Him, Which Is Strange Because She Usually Cannot Resist Attention And Will Come When You Call Her And Cuddle Up But She Just Didn't Want To Be Around Him. Since Friday After Lunch He Has Been A Little Better, Looking Slightly Less Stressed And Not Going Outside To Lay In The Sand, Wagging His Tail Occasionally And The Other Dog Has Been Coming In To See Him For Short Periods And Giving Him A Quick Little Greeting But Not Staying In The Room, Even When I Offer Her A Spot On My Bed (her Absolute Favourite That She Doesn't Get To Have Too Often) She Still Wants To Leave The Room, Going To Sleep Elsewhere In The House Alone. This Has Been Very Strange And Never Happened Before. My Sick Dog Has Been Fussy Drinking Water, I've Been Able To Get About 30mls In Him A Couple Of Time A Day By Sticking Something Yummy On The End Of A Giant Plastic Measuring Syringe And Getting Him To Drink It As He Eats. Although I've Noticed My Other Dog Hasn't Been Drinking Water Either, Not Even When Enticed With Something Tasty In The Water So I'm Not Sure. That Brings Me To Appetite, My Sick Dog's Appetite Is Absolutely Fine. I've Been Giving Him Smaller Ammounts, A Couple Of Spoonfuls Twice A Day And He Is Eager For Any Food/treat Offered To Him. Side Note It's Been The First Dew Days Of Hot Weather (32 - 36 Degrees, Australia). What I'm Asking Is If, In Your Professional Opinion, There Would Likely Be Any Medication That Could Make Him More Comfortable.. Maybe Help With His Fast Shallow Breathing Or Something, Does He Need More Oxygen Via A Tank And Mask? I'm Reluctant To Take Him To The Vet As I've Found That The Usual Response By The Vet Is To Put The Dog To Sleep, Including Both Times My Other Dog Has Encountered Any Serious But Temporary Health Problem That They Couldn't Specifically Diagnose And Then She Came Good Both Times. If My Pet Isn't In Too Much Pain I Would Prefer His Time To Come Naturally, At Home. I Realise That This Could Likely Be His Age And Long Term Heart Problems Coming In To Play But With The Warm Weather I'm Not Too Sure. His Appetite And What Looks Like An Improvement In His Attitude/behaviour Since His Worst Days On Wednesday And Thursday Are Giving Me Hope I Guess. Ive Had Him Since I've Been 5, I Barely Remember A Time In My Life Without Him There, He's Basically Always Been By My Side Whenever I've Been In The House For His Whole 14 Years. So To Say I Want To Do Anything I Can To Help Him Feel Better Is An Understatement. Unfortunately I Don't Have Multiple Thousands Of Dollars To Do So, However Surgery Wouldn't Be Ideal For Him Anyway Because Of His Age And Heart. Summery Of His Problems: - Long Term Heart Worm And Heart Murmur -seizures - Which Look More Like A Heart Attack When They Happen But Have Been Diagnosed As Seizures. He Gets Quite Scared When They Occur. -shallow And Rapid Breathing Since Seizure On Wednesday Night And One On Thursday. Around 40 Per Minute. - High Heart Rate - No Interest In Water - Complete Rest Apart From Getting Up For Food And A Couple Of Walks Around The House/yard During The Day - Doesn't Seem To Be Going To The Bathroom Often, He Has Been Outside When I Haven;t Been Watching Though. Healthy Signs: - Good Appetite - Seems More Enthusiastic Compared To Wednesday And Thursday - Doesn't Seem To Be In Any Serious Pain But Breathing Looks Uncomfortable Do You Have Any Recommendations Or Suggestions I Could Discuss With The Vet/do You Think A Visit To The Vet Will Be Of Any Help? Is There Anything I Can Do To Help With His Breathing? Your Time And Help Is Very Much Appreciated, Thank You!

Answer:Not Much I Can Suggest At Home For This. I Do Recommend A Visit To Vet And Stress Your Goals Are To Make Him More Comfortable With All Of These Conditions. You Obviously Love Him Very Much.

Date: 12/28/13
Category: Skin Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constant Scratching

Question:My 1 Year Old Pointer Mix Has Been Scratching And Licking His Hind Quarters And Feet For The Last Few Months. We Thought It Was Fleas At First So We Doubled Up On The Baths And Flea Medicine. Now That It Is Winter, We Thought He Would Get Some Relief But It Seems Like It Has Gotten Worse. Now He Is Starting To Scratch His Face And Eyes. We Are Giving Him Oatmeal Baths And Are Putting A Hot Spot Relief Cream On Him Twice A Week. What Could Be Causing This? We Don't Have Much Money For Vet Bills So I Was Hoping This Could Be Cured With Some Simple Home Remedies.

Answer:Most Likely Inhalant/contact Allergies. Try The Antihistamine Zyrtec At A Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Once Daily To See If Can Help With Itching. Also Consider Adding Fatty Acid Like Be Well From 1800petmeds To Meals. Put On Low Grain, Low Carb Diet Like Epigen Diet By Wysong From 1800petmeds. See Vet For Allery Workup If Signs Persist Or Worsen.

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