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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: 10/23/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Liver Disease

Question:Which Heart Worm Medicine Is Safest For A Boston Terrior Dog Who Has Liver Disease And Taking S-adenosyl-l-methionine 200mg Since 2014. I Would Like A Second Opinion Please. She Ate Something Toxic And Was Treated 2014 But Blood Tests Continue To Show Liver Values Still Higher Than Normal But Stable. The Biopsy In 2014 Did Not Show Anything. Vet Said Maybe Needle Gage Was Too Small So Not Enough Tissue Was Taken.

Answer:All Of These Meds Have Potential Liver Toxicity No Matter What So The Old Adage, Pick Your Poison Truly Applies. Heartguard Has Been Around The Longest And May Be Worth A Look. You Can Also Look Into Herbal Heartworm Prevention From Biovance Company On The Website Www.fiestapetdeli.com

Date: 09/14/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Death

Question:Two Days Ago, I Received A Bouqet Of Flowers, Which Also Had Some Ferns In It. I Didn't Know That Ferns Were Highly Toxic For Cats. That Day, My Cat (4 Months Old) Suddenly Became Very Sleepy. We Didnt't Think It Was Something Weird, Because He Had A Habit Of Sleeping For About 5-6 Hours Continuously. After About 6 Hours , We Started Asking Ourselves If Our Cat Was Ok. I Tried To Have Him Stand On His Feet, He Stood For A Couple O Seconds, Then He Went To Sleep In His Bed. His Gums Were Pale,He Had His Temperature Raised And He Also Had Tremors. We Went To A Clinic Immediately, The Vets Took Blood Samples And Asked Us If He Ingested Anything That He Shouldn't. We Realized That He Might Have Ingested Some Fern Leaves, But We Weren't Sure. Even After The Vets Did The Blood Tests, They Weren't Sure What My Sweet Boy Had. They Just Said That He Had Tachycardia And His Glycemia Was Very High On The Night Of The Hospitalization. The Next Day, We Received A Call From The Vet, Saying That Our Cat Was Fine, Just A Bit Agitated, And That We Could Take Him Home In The Evening. When We Got There In The Evening, He Was Drowsy, Weak, He Couldnt Stand Up Or Keep His Eyes Open. After 4 Hours, Sadly He Passed Away. I Can't Understand How Did This Happen. In The Morning He Was Fine, Ready To Be Taken Home, And In A Period Of 12 Hours He Passed Away. He Received Perfusions And Diazepam While He Was Hospitalized. I Am Writing To You Because The Vets There At The Clinic Couldn't Tell Me Why He Died Or They Didnt Want To, I Dont Know. Even After The Blood Test Results Came, They Didnt Tell Us What He Had And They Didnt Even Show Us The Results. My Family And I Are Broken Hearted.. Thank You In Advance!

Answer:I Am So Sorry For Your Loss. Toxicity Is Always Possible In Veterinary Medicine But Is Difficult To Prove As No Forensic Tests Like Vet Medicine For Most Toxins.

Date: 02/16/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Death

Question:My Dog Died Suddenly Last Night, He Was Throwing Up All Day Sunday And Was Lethargic And Weak. He Wouldn't Eat And By Sat Night He Wouldn't Even Drink Water. He Breathed With His Mouth Open And Drooled Which Is Unlike Him. I Thought He Just Had A Stomach Bug Or Something. He Is Prescribed To Phenobarbital For His Seizures And Wonder If That May Have Been A Factor In His Death. Otherwise He Was A Normal, Fun Loving Dog, Only Three Years Old. Can You Help Me Determine Some Theories On His Death? Thank You.

Answer:Hard O Say. Could Have Been From A Massive Seizure, As Well As Possibly Infection Emanating From His Gut. Toxicity Is Also Sometimes A Cause Of Sudden Death, Or Perhaps Since He Had A Brain Issue, He Had Some Sort Of Stroke. Finally, Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis Can Cause Some Of Above Digestive Symptoms And Can Also Cause Sudden Death. Pancreatitis Is Higher In Dogs On Phenobarbitol

Date: 04/01/14
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poison??

Question:My 11 Month Old Chaweenie Is Uncontrolably Drooling I Have Checked His Mouth An See Nothing Bad..this Isnt Normal For Him. He Doesnt Seem To Be In Pain , An Is Leavin Puddles Of Drool On The Bed. What Would Be The Symtons Of Poising? What Is Wrong With My Dog??

Answer:Hard To Say. Toxicity Is Possible, As Is Dental Disease And/or Nausea From Digestive Tract Disease. Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation To Sort Out

Date: 01/07/14
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pet Diet

Question:We Recently Adopted Two 9 Week Old Lab Mix Puppies From The Local Pound. Both Just Finished Treatment For Guardian And Toxicity (spelling?) Can You Recommend A Puppy Diet On A Budget.

Answer:I Personally Prefer Natural Diets Like Wysong From 1800petmeds

Date: 12/06/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Toxicity

Question:Dr. Dym, How Do I Know That Topical Aloe Vera And Eucalyptus Oil In Pet Shampoo Or Grooming Aids Are Not Toxic? Is There An Authoratative Source That Discusses The Toxicity Of These Topically? Thanks. Debra Feynman

Answer:Hi Debra. No Real Authorative Source On This, As There Are Really On Totally Side Effect Free Approved Topical Pesticides That Are Sold Across The Country. I Would Think They Are Safer Than The Traditional Pesticides.

Date: 11/17/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Onion Toxicity In One Dog But Not In Another

Question:I Have A Question About Onion Toxicity And Reaction In Two Dogs Of The Same Weight And Age, Approximately 2 Years Old, 30 Lbs, Though Of Different Breeds. One Of My Dogs Died Suddenly A Few Days Ago Of A Very Severe Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia Crisis. The Vet Was Unable To Determine What Triggered The Crisis, Which I Gather Is Often The Case. This Is Understandable But Very Difficult To Accept--my Beloved Pet Is Fine And Active One Morning And Dies In My Arms The Next. In The Search For Possible Reasons I've Been Scouring My Mind For Things She Might Have Been Exposed To. I Do Know That She--and Her Sister Dog--did Get Into A Leftover Pot Of Soup A Few Days Before The Incident, And I Know The Soup Had Onions In It. This Is Not The First Time They've Ingested Food With Onions In It--either Through Misadventure Or "treats" Given In Ignorance From Family Members--so It Confuses Me That This Might Have Triggered Her Crisis. It Also Confuses Me That One Dog Might Get Sick From Such And Exposure And The Other Be Fine. Am I Just Beating Myself Up Here Looking To Blame Something (myself)? Or Could This Have Been The Trigger For Her Aiha Crisis? It's Been Completely Devastating For Me. Any Advice Would Be Very Welcome.

Answer:While Exposure To Onions Has Occasionally Been Linked With Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia In Dogs, In My Twenty Five Year Experience, I Have Not Seen This Much At All, And Exposure Must Usually Be Higher Amounts Than You Describe. Most Of Time Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Have No Known Cause, Although I Personally Think Chronic Exposure To Toxins In The Pet's Food Supply, As Well As Overvaccination, And Even Chronic Exposure To Topical And/or Oral Pesticides May Eventually Trigger A Sudden Autoimmune Crisis Like This In A Pet. As A Holistic Veterinarian That Is How I Look At This Dangerous Disease In Trying To Prevent It In Patients.

Date: 08/25/13
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meloxicam Overdose

Question:My 5 Mth 6.6lb Puppy, Was Given A Overdose: .6ml, Instead Of 0.06 Ml Of Meloxicam To Relax Him So He Could Have A Xray, He Was Not Bearing Weight On Lt Hind Leg.the Vet Called And Told Me That They Had Nade A Error And He Was Given A Overdose Of Meloxicam, Which Could Cause Liver, Kidney Damage, Or A Ulcer. Prior To The Overdose, He Was A Healthy Puppy, No Problems, All Systems Normal. He Had Been Seen By Three Different Vet/ During 7 Seperate Visits (all At The Same Clinic). Now He Has A Heart Murmur 3-4/6las, And His Liver Level/alt Was 76 A Wk Before, When He Was Neutered. After Overdose It Was 140, Now It Is 167. They Stated He Would Need A Cardiac Ultra Sound, And Liver Testing , Each Was Going To Be Over $300 Each. After Some Talking, That They Said, They Would Be Responsibel For Liver Or Kidney Problems, They Ran The Liver Profile: Before Eating 5, After Eating Greater Than 30 , So They Sent It Out It Came Back 46? So They Are Going To Continue To Monitor This. But We Are Still Fighting That They Should Be Responsibe For The Cardiac Testing, Because Now They Want Him To See A Cardiologist, Which Starts An $100 For The Consult Then $400 For The Testing. They Are Now Saying He Had The Murmur, It Must Have Been There, They Just Missed It, (at All 7 Visits???) He Was A Very Energetic, Playful Puppy, Now My Baby/puppy Is Sick, Plays, But Tires Quickly! The Heart Murmur Was Only Caught, When I Took Him To The Er For Continued Care The Night Of The Overdose, (a Totally Different Clinic) Prior To This His Cardiac Has Always Been Normal/ No Murmur. I Am Wondering If He Possibly Had Cardiac Arrest, With The Overdose, Then They Flushed His System To Try And Rid It Of The Meloxicam For 2 Days, Plus The Night In The Er. Maybe They Overloaded His System? They Want Him To Have A Cardiac Workup, But Will Not Cover It, Its Approx $500. To Start. Would Like To Know If Any One Else Has Had Issues With Meloxicam? Or What You Think? By The Way His Leg Is Fine, Probably A Pulled Muscle, Although They Never Did Do The Xray, Because Of The Overdose. This All Started 8/1/13

Answer:I Have Never Heard Of Or Seen In Clinical Practice Heart Toxicity From Meloxicam, Although In Human Medicine The Drugs Of The Nonsteroidal Anti Inflammatory Class Have Been Linked With Occasional Cardiac Disease. May Be Worth Googling Meloxicam And Heart Toxicity On Line. The Liver Values Dont Sound Too Bad, Although I Would Probably Supplement Him With Liver Supplements Such As Denamarin From 1800petmeds. Liver Values Will Probably Slowly Rebound.

Date: 02/28/11
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat

Question:Hi Im Polymer Engineer. I Work On Project About Packages Against Disturb Animals Specialy Cats I Want To Know What Material Can Away Theme From The Plastic Wastes. Thanks

Answer:I Am Not Familiar Enough With This Issue To Answer Your Question On This One. Perhaps Check With A 1800petmeds Pharmacist On Toxicity Issues.

Date: 08/28/09
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Use Of Substitute

Question: I Have Used Ivomec Plus For Years On All My Dogs This A Liquid Injectible For Cattle. I Give It Oraly On Food At The Rate Of One Half Cc For 50 Lb Of Dog.what Are Your Thoughts On This? Same Ivermectin Thanks

Answer:If You Give This Once Monthly It Should Be Ok, Although This Is Not Approved Labelled Use In Dogs And You Should Be Using It Under Guidance And Approval Of Your Local Veterinarian. I Am Not Sure What The Plus Is In The Product, So I Cant Comment On That But I Have Used Ivermectin By Itself. Also Make Sure Dogs Are Not Collie Related Or Similar Breed Where Ivermectin Toxicity Is More Likely. I Personally Would Stick To Approved Products Like Heartguard Or Iverheart Plus Which You Can Get From 1800petmeds. With Prescription From Your Vet

Date: 07/22/09
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Babesiosis

Question:What Are The Pathognmic Signs And Symptoms Of Babesiosis In Dogs. Please Give The Line Of Treatment Along With Latest Drugs Available.

Answer:This Tick Born Disease, Transmitted By The Brown Dog Tick Most Commonly, Can Occur Across The Country, But Is Most Common In The Southeastern States. The Most Common Presentation Is Peracute Signs Of Sudden Weakness, Lethargy, Pale Or Yellow Gums(from Destruction Of Red Blood Cells), Fever, Etd The Central Thread Of This Parasitic Blood Cell Disease Is Destruction Of Red Blood Cells. Many Dogs Can Be Chronically Infected With Vague Signs Of Chronic Anemia Or Minimal Signs At All. Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia And Zinc Toxicity Are The Two Main Differentials, That Are More Common Than Babesia In Most Areas. Treatment Involves Injection Of A Drug Called Imidocarb Diproprionate, And Is The Only Approved Drug For This Condition Two Shots Two Weeks Apart. There Are Other Experimental Treatments But None Approved In Usa. Keeping Dogs On Tick Prevention Like Front Line Or A Preventic Collar Can Help Prevent This Disease. No Vaccine Currently Available.

Date: 03/30/09
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Puppy Is Very Itchy

Question:I Got My Mini Aussie Puppy At 8 Weeks Old And She Ended Up Needing Immeadiate Treatment For Giardia. She Was Put On A Five Day Course Of Antibiotics And Was Cleared From The Giardia But Has Continued To Have Very Soft Stools Even After Being On A Bland Diet For Over A Week. My Vet Had Me Give Her A Low Dose Of Metronidazole Once A Day Saying That It Would Help With The Loose/soft Stools. I Took Her Off The Bland Diet And Her Stools Got Much Better For A Few Days And Now They Are Back To Being Soft/loose. She Has Also Been Very Itchy During The Last Week, Chewing On Her Paws, Back And Tail, Even Scratching Her Ears And Belly. I Am No Longer Giving Her The Metronidazole Becasue I Haven't Had Her Tested For The Mdr1 Gene And That Medication Is Listed As Causing A Toxicity In Dogs With The Mdr1 Gene.is There Anything You Suggest?

Answer:I Would Try Slippery Elm From Health Food Store To Soothe Bowels Try Home Cooked Diet Of White Meat Turkey And Sweet Potato 50-50 Mixture. Add Naturevet Enzymes To Meals From 1800petmeds. I Also Strongly Recommend The Probiotics Mitomax And Mitoboost Which You Can Get From Www.petsmaxcity.com Which I Have Had Great Success With In Practice When Used Long Term. Ask Your Vet About Alternative Intestinal Antibiotic Like Tylan Or Tylosin(same Thing To Mix In Food). No Vaccinations Until Stools Have Been Formed For At Least A Few Weeks.

Date: 10/09/08
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poisioning

Question:My Dog Ingested A Quite A Few Buckeye Seeds And I Heard These Were Poisonous To Dogs. What Syptoms Would He Display And Is There Any Cure For Him If He Is Poisoned Or Should We Put Him Down Because He Bit Two Members Of Our Family Already And Is Showing Increased Signs Of Aggression?

Answer:I Would Call Your Local Poison Control Center For Exact Information On Toxicity And Treatment.

Date: 06/05/08
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible Cancer In White Haired Cat

Question:I Looked Through The 10 Signs & Symptoms Of Cancer In Dogs Or Cats And It Appears My White Haired 18 Year Old Cat May Have Cancer. She Has Been Bleeding From Her Mouth, Can't Eat Dry Cat Food (only Canned), And Has Gotten Thin. Her Bowel Movements Are Normal. When I First Noticed It I Started Giving Her Fresh Wheatgrass Juice - A Juice Given To Humans And Animals That Has The Full Range Of Vitamins, Minerals, And Enzymes Known - And Her Symptoms Have Improved Slightly Over The Past Month Or So. She Is Still Thin And Bleeding From Her Mouth But Her Appetite For Her Canned Food Has Increased From A Dismal 1/3 Can To Over A Can A Day. Another Area Of Concern Is Her Left Ear. When Is Smells Infected I Clean It With The Juice For A Few Days And Then It Smells Fine For Awhile. But The Smell Keeps Coming Back. Could These Two Things Be Related? She's Had The Stinky Ear Longer Than The Bleeding Mouth. Is There Anything Other Than Cancer That This Could Be? It Looks Like From The Website I Should Be Giving Her Omega 3 Oils. Do You Have Any Other Advice? Are There Any Common Ailments Known To White Haired Cats? She Has A Normal Level Of Energy.

Answer:White Haired Cats Do Have More Delicate Immune Systems But No Specific Diseases Other Than Being Deaf In Some. I Would Certainly Recommend Vet Exam And Assesssment Including Blood Cbc/chemistry/thyroid To Look For Underlying Treatable Diseases. Also You Could Consult With Homeopathic Vet Www.thehavh.org For List Of Homeopathic Vets By State. Many Offer Phone Consults. Ear Discharge Like This Is Common In Pet Who Has Internal Disease As It Often Indicates A State Of Toxicity That The Body Is Tryihng To Discharge.

Date: 04/29/08
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seizures In Dogs

Question:My 12 Year Old Dog Has Had A Couple Of Seizure Type Events Where She Is Un-responsive To My Calls. She Is Awake, But Unable To Get Up And Walk And Looks Very Dazed. Her Body Seems To Be Twitching, And Gurgling Is Coming From Her Belly. Her Blood Work Has Consistently Shown Elivated Alp Values (off The Chart High), And Slight Anemia. The Last Time I Took Her In For This Event, The Vet Had To Hydrate Her With Subcutaneous Liquids, And The Next Day She Was Acting Normal Again, But They Do Not Have Any Concrete Answers For Her Condition. I Suspect Toxicity Of The Blood Of Some Sort...what Is Your Recommendation?

Answer:You Need Further Workup Including Possibly Testing For Cushings Disease With Separate Blood Test Called Low Dose Dex Suppression Test, As Well As Ultrasound Of Her Abdomen To See If Any Other Pathologies Not Apparent From Blood Work.

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