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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: 11/03/16
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder And Kidney Stones

Question:My Pug Has Been Diagnosed With Both Bladder And Kidney Stones. She Is Scheduled For Stone Removal From The Bladder. Is This Going To Be Helpful In The Long Run Considering The Kidney Stones Are Not Being Removed At This Time? I Simply Cannot Afford The $5,000 Quote To Have The Kidney Stones Removed At A University Hospital.

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Veterinary Specialist Or Internist In Your Area Who Can Offer You Specific Opinion As To Whether To Proceed With Surgery, If Dietary Dissolving Of Stones Is Possible, Etc

Date: 03/15/14
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Health

Question:Sir, I Have A Labrador Around 13 Years Of Age ,He Is Having A Lot Manny Problems He Was Gaining Wait And Was Advised Thyroid Tests He Was Diagnosed With Hypothyroidism His Blood Results Were T3 0.38ng/dl T4 Total 1.00 Mcg/dl And Tsh 0.04mlu/ml.his Body Is Full Of Lumps Some Veterinarian Say They Are Lipomas Other Say It Is Generalised Lymphadenitis ,But All His Blood Reports Are Normal,At This Point I Will Like To Add He Has Been On Renal Diet Since One Year Because Of Proteinuria And Low A/g Ratio.he Is Having One Stone Both In Right And Left Kidney ,He Was Castrated Last Year Because Of Testicular Inflammmation And Epidymitis. He Walks Very Slowly Multiple Lumps In His Body That Are Increasing In Size But Painless And Mobile,Now Hypothyridism ,Plz Guide Me The Correct Treatment Plan And Diet I Have To Give Him It Will Be A Great Help And What Are The Lumps.

Answer:Lumps Can Be Many Things From Benign Fatty Tumors To More Serious Ones. Vet Exam And Needle Aspirate May Help Diagnose Lumps. I Would Strongly Recommend Consulting With A Holistic Vet On Pet This Age With All Of These Issues. I Think That At Least An Integrative Approach Would Be More Helpful Than Simply Drugs And/or Surgery. To Find A Vet In Your Area, Go To Www.ahvma.org

Date: 02/23/14
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Kidney Stone

Question:My Female Standard Poodle Is A Year And A Half Old. She Got A Uti (was Squatting Frequently), So I Took A Sample Of Urine To My Vet. The Urine Came Back With A Few Crystals/a Little Blood/a Few White Cells/and High Ph. He Put Her On Two Weeks Of Cipro. He Took Xrays And Said There Might Be A Possible Stone In Her Kidney (although Hard To See Anything Definitive On The Xrays). So, He Also Put Her On Methionine/ammonil 200 Mg. Four Times A Day For A Few Months To Help Dissolve Any Stones. He Said To Get Her Urine Tested Every Six Weeks While She Is On Stone Dissolving Meds. Should I Be Happy With His Treatment Of My Dog Or Should I Get A Second Opinion? Also, Have You Heard Of The Lithrotripsy Procedure?

Answer:I Would Get Second Opinion As I Am Not Fan Of Using Urinary Tract Acidifiers In Dogs Like Methionine. Also I Dont Know Much About Lithotripsy Procedure

Date: 10/24/13
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney Stones?

Question: My Boyfriends Dog Has Had Blood In Her Urine So We Took Her To The Vet And He Said She Had Kidney Stones And Said She Needed Surgery. When We Asked If There Was Any Other Option (since That Sounded Strange And The Whole Vet Place Seemed Shady)he Said No That There Is No Other Way Whatsoever. Yet When I Checked Online It Says Changing Her Diet Will Help Her Dissolve The Stones And Pass Them And That There's Also A Medication To Help The Process. The Vet Had Made It Sound Like There Was Nothing That Could Be Done But This And She Is Otherwise Perfectly Healthy. We Don't Have The Money To Pay For It So Should We Get A Second Opinion And What Kind Of Change In Diet Should We Do And What Type Of Medication Will Help Her?

Answer:Medication And Change In Diet Would Depend Upon What Type Of Stone Or Crystals Are Present. I Would See Another Vet For Second Opinion To See If This Is An Option For You.

Date: 11/07/12
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bladder And Kidney Stones

Question:My 8 Year Old Calico Had Emergency Bladder Surgery In June Of 2012 To Remove 3 Bladder Stones. One Month Later She Developed A Stone In The Kidney. I Have Changed Her Diet To The Recommended Ur Moist Cat Food From The Vet. She Does Not Like It At All. Now Here We Are 4 Months Later And She Is Coughing Up Small Amounts Of Light Pink Bloody Fluid. She Is Currently Not Eating Or Drinking Anything. I Am Concerned That The Vet Is Taking Me For A Ride On All The Procedures For Her. Is This Going To Be An Ongoing Issue For Her? How Can I Make Her Food Seem Enticing Enough For Her To Eat? How Frequent Can Antibiotics Be Given Until They No Longer Work For Her? Can You Give Me Any Help Or Some New Insight?

Answer:If Your Pet Is Not Eating Or Drinking, And Coughing Up Bloody Fluid Then There Is Something Else Going On Besides A Kidney Stone. There May Be A Secondary Infection Or Other Diagnosis That Has Not Been Revealed Yet. May Want To Consider Referral To Vet Specialist In Internal Medicine In Your Area And/or Abdominal Ultrasound To Find Out What Is Going On. As For Foods, I Prefer Fresh Natural Based Diets, Preferably Canned Foods Like Pet Guard, Which You Can Find On Line. Also Consider Home Made Diet As Described In Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier. Anitra Also Does Nationwide Phone Consultations And Can Be Reached At 212-663-0122. Antibiotics Should Not Be Given Too Frequently And Should Be Used In Case Like This Only If Urine Culture Indicates They Are Needed. I Am Not Fan Of Many Of These Processed Prescription Commercial Foods. Consider Consulting Also With Veterinary Homeopath For Different Approach. See Website Www.beyondflatearth.com To Learn More As Well As My Website Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Offer Phone Consultations. Hope This Helps.

Date: 12/29/11
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food

Question:Dear Dr. D...my Parents Have 2 Bisions That Are 4 Years Of Age. They Have Been Very Mindful Of Their Diet And Making Sure That They Eat A Holistic Diet Only. Not Too Long Ago The Female Had A Great Amount Of Kidney Stones And Still Has Some. Their Vet Told Them That She Would Continue To Expell Them And If They Become Really Bothersom For Her, Then They Can Remove Them With Surgery. They Were Also Told Never To Give Her Any Treats At All, Ever And To Only Feed Her Hills K9. My Question Is, Is That The Only Food Available That She Can Eat. I Looked On The 1800 Web Site For The Food, But Didn't Find It. It Is Very Expensive At Their Vets As We Live In A Very Small Town With Only The One County Vet. My Parents Are On A Very Limited Income Now After The Big Fall. Do You Have Any Alternative For Their Little Girl. They Have Been Following The Vets Orders To A -t-, I Am Just Wondering If There Was A Cheaper Alternative Or What Words Of Wisdom You May Have. I Thank You In Advance For Your Answers. Shalom

Answer:The Choice Of Diets Would Depend Upon What Type Of Stones. I Would Refer You To A Book On Canine Diets By Donald Strombeck, Phd Which You Can Find On Line For Home Made Diets For Specific Stone Conditions In Dogs. The Hills Diet Is Not Available On 1800petmeds And Is Only Available By Prescription. I Would Go With Home Made Diet Recipe From This Book.

Date: 07/21/11
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prevention Of Future Kidney Stone Problems

Question:I Have A Cavashon 3 Year Old Dog. Recently She Had Kidney Stones. She Has Been On A C/d Type Canned Food...prescription Diet. What Can I Give My Dog Or Do For My Dog To Prevent Future Uti And Kidney Stone Problems? She Is 1/2 Bichon And They Are Prone To Kidney Stones.

Answer:I Am Not Fan Of This Diet. My Favorite One For This Is Diet Called Uretic Natural Diet By Wysong. They Also Have A Diet Called Struvatrol. You Can Order This Diet From Wysong Directly Www.wysong.net. Use Their 1800 Phone Number. Jenni Or Jeff Can Help You. Use Coupon Number Cc255 For Free Shipping When Ordering From Them.

Date: 11/21/07
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tumor Bursts?

Question:Over A Year Ago, Our 15-17 Year Old Mini Schnauzer Dog Bj Presented With A Small Tumor That Was Diagnosed As Having A Blood Supply By The Vet. Being In The Rear Leg Muscle And Because Of Advanced Age And 2 Previous Kidney Stone Operations We Decided To Let Nature Take Its Course. The Tumor Is Now Much Larger But Bj Has Learned To Adapt And Shows No Lethargy Like During The Previous Stones. My Wife Wants To Know If Tumors Break Open. We Heard From A Dog Owner Friend That Fatty Lipomas? Did For His Pet. (bj Has Other Much Smalller Fatty Lumps)

Answer:Fatty Lipomas Dont Break Open, Unless They Are Not Really Benign Fatty Tumors But Other Soft Tissue Tumors Called Sarcomas. Only Your Vet Via Needle Aspirate Or Biopsy Can Help You Predict Biological Behavior Of Growth. I Would Make Sure On Good Natural Diet Preferably Home Made Diet As Described In Book Dr Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm ,Phd Or Natural Diet Like Azmira From 1800petmeds. Put On Good Antioxidant/multi Like Super Vitachews As Well As Omega 3 Fatty Acid From Nordic Naturals From 1800petmeds.

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