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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
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 7, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog got into laxatives...help

Question:My dog got into four 8.6 mg senna tablets I had out for myself. Is this poisonous or will she be ok? She is a 15 lb. 6 yr. old beagle. It just happened about 2 hours ago. The active ingredient is sennosides. Please help.

Answer:In future, please to to ER vet if ingested within a few hours, as vet will likely induce vomiting

Date: Jan 7, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: wondering if my pet has been poisoned

Question:What can cause an animal to have tremors and loose the lose of mobility in hind legs, also keeps looking upward.

Answer:Many possibilities from trauma to disc problem in back to even some sort of seizure or convulsion. Toxicity also possible. Best to have vet exam and complete workup to sort these out and best treatment

Date: Sep 14, 2016
Category: Poisoning
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: Jul 30, 2016
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rat Poisoned My Pregnant Dog

Question:Is There Any Hope For My Neighbors Sweet German Shepherd Puppies? my Neighbor Thinks Their Mother Ate Rat Poison A Few Days Before The Puppies Were Born, From Birth Four Of The Six Puppies Act Like Here Is A Brain Disorder. They Have Trembling, Staggered Gait, & Trouble Standing Still. i Am Not Positive How Much Poison The Mother Ate, But She Jumped The Fence And Was Chewing On The Poison Container. also, When The Puppies Were Born, The Father Was In The Same Kennel~~he Trampled Them, They Were All Crying When I Discovered Them. i Did Make An Appointment

Answer:This Is Not Something I Can Advise On Here. A Full Medical Workup And Evaluation At Local Vet Is Needed

Date: Jun 21, 2016
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poison Injestion

Question:She Has Thrown Up What Do We Do Now?

Answer:Given I Dont Know What Poison Is And/or If Your Pet Truly Has Ingested What You Suspect, You Need To See Vet Asap If Signs Persist Or Worsen. With Some Poisons It Is Safe To Induce Vomiting In These Pets If Caught Within A Few Hours. With Other Poisons And Toxicities, Supportive Iv Fluids, Charcoal Treatment, Etc Is Needed. Vet Evaluation Key Here

Date: Jun 12, 2016
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Poisoning

Question:My Dog Has Laboured Breathing And Loss Of Appetite Due To A Poison That I Am Unaware Of.what Should I Do?and How Can I Treat Him Using Home Remedy?

Answer:Not Something I Would Recommend That You Treat At Home. Many Possibilities, So Your Pet Needs Emergency Vet Exam Asap Based On Labored Breathing

Date: May 1, 2016
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Fatty Liver

Question:My Cat Was Diagnosed With Fatty Liver Last Year In April. He Is Not An Outdoor Cat, Though We Do Let Him Out To Get Some Sun. Could Eating Plants And Other Items Outside Cause This? He Also Got Fatty Liver Again Last Week. His Bilirubin Is 4.4 And Glucose Is 405. Is Diabetes Really The Cause? Would A Diabetic Cat Be Sick More Often Than Once A Year At Exactly The Same Time? this Year, Everything Is Normal, Grooming, Purring, And So On, Just Eating And Drinking Are The Issues. one Of His Owners Does Get A Schedule Change Twice A Year, Though He Was Fine Last Fall During The Schedule Change. Wondering If He Stresses Himself Out More Than Normal And Then Does This To Himself. when His Liver Was Back To Normal, So Were His Glucose Levels. Is It Just That His Liver Is Backed Up And Causing His Numbers To Go Through The Roof? They Gave Me Insulin Last Year For Him And His Glucose Went Down Way To Far, So They Had Us Take Him Off Of That. any Supplements Or Food, That He Should Be On Or Eating? he Is A 6 Year Old Cat, Before His Diet, It Was Free For All. Could Over The Years Of Being Fed Whatever He Wants And Being Overweight Cause The Fatty Liver Over Time, Or Cause Diabetes To Arise?

Answer:All Excellent Questions. It May Be Best To Answer These Properly And Thoroughly To Have A More Detailed And Individualized Consultation. Www.doctordym.com I Will Quickly Answer These Here. Cats Are Prone To A Trio Of Conditions, Often Which May Occur Together, Which Is Known As "feline Triaditis" In Veterinary Medicine, Which Means Inflammation Of The Liver, Pancreas And Bowels(ibd), Which Can Cause Secondary Diabetes During Flareups. Where The Primary Cause Resides Is Often Not Known. Stress And/or Emotional Factors, Being Overweight, Etc And Poor Diets(in My Opinion) May Play A Role I Personally Prefer Species Appropriate Meat Based Home Prepared Diets And/or All Canned Diets(preferably Natural) Without The Processed Dry Carbohydrate Rich Kibbles Which Can Lead To Weight Gain/obesity And All Sorts Of Issues.

Date: Mar 12, 2016
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poison

Question:What Treatment Can Be A Sulotion On Dog Poison

Answer:Would Depend On What The Poison Is.

Date: Feb 16, 2016
Category: Poisoning
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: Jan 28, 2016
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Random Death Of Cat

Question:We Had A 3 Year Old Cat Randomly Die Last Week. He Was Sitting In His Usual Spot Which Was Near The Tv, Jumped Down And Started Attacking His Lower Back Near And On The Tail. We Didn't Think Anything Of It Because We Had Seen Him Do This Before, Except This Time It Was So Extend That We Were Going To Make An Appointment With Hisvet The Next Morning But He Just Died After That. We Have No Idea What Happened. We Have Recently Gotten An Infestation Of Mice And He Actually Caught One, Two Or Three Weeks Before His Death. Now That We Look Back We Notice Him Not Eating As Much As Normal And Also Seeming Very Weak (not Being Able To Jump On Top Of Things He Normally Could). He Also Had White Stuff Coming Out Of His Nose After He Died.

Answer:Two Things That Come To Mind Is That He Had Some Sort Of Inherited Genetic Heart Defect Like Cardiomyopathy, Which Can Cause Sudden Death, Feline Leukemia Virus Infection, Or Less Likely If The Cat May Have Gotten Into Some Rat Poison That You Had Laying Around Home For The Mice

Date: Nov 7, 2015
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Neighbor Poisoned Our Dog, We Can't Prove It

Question:What Type Of Poison Would Give Our Dog Burnt Orange, Bright Colored, Slimey Textured Diarrhea. Taz Received 24/7 Vet Care But Succumbed To The Poison 7 Days Later. She Was Only 9 Years Old And A Beautiful Loving Creature. thank You. Sincerely, Gail the "neighbor Had Threatened To Poison Our Dogs, The Barking, Annoying One Lives Next Door And She Threw The Poison Over The Wrong Fence." Taz Was A Very Quiet, Well Trained Pet. She Was Not A Barker.

Answer:Unfortunately There Are So Many Possible Poisons A Dog Can Be Exposed To, I Cant Offer A Guess Based On The Appearance Of The Stool

Date: Nov 5, 2015
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Early Passing Of Dog

Question:Hello our Family Had A Very Tragic Development This Past Weekend. Our Beloved Ollie, A 2 Year Shih Tzu Passed Away On Saturday Night. He Was Generally In Good Health It Seemed Even Up To Saturday Afternoon. He Was Originally From A Litter Of Pups Who Were All Born With Hernia And Was Operated Early On By Our Vet Before We Had Adopted Him. He Was Otherwise In Good Health All His Life Though He Seemed To Be Sleeping An Awful Lot In The Past Year. We Though This Might Be Due To Some Depression Because We Adopted Another Shih Tzu Last Year. He Could Run Really Fast Though He Did Seem To Pant A Lot After Dashing Around. On Saturday He Was Very Lively On His Morning Walk And We Had Let Him Out In The Fenced In Backyard In The Afternoon. Toward The Evening, Around 7 Pm While Sitting Next To My Wife And Me He Had Two Episodes Of Sneezing Fits. After This He Seemed To Be A Little Quieter Than Usual. He Snuck Off To Behind The Couch And Was Resting. I Thought It A Little Odd And Put Him On The Couch. He Seemed A Little Stiffer Than Usual. I Also Noticed His Eyelids Were Open When He Was Trying To Sleep And He Seemed To Be Salivating A Lot. I Stayed Near Him For A Few Hours Hoping That He Would Come Around And That Maybe He Might Have Just Had A Virus. Later In The Evening Though He Began To Have Some Labored Breathing Every Fifth Breath Or So. So, I Examined Him (i'm A Gi): He Was Not Bloated, Had Normal Bowel Sounds, His Heart Rate Was A Little Fast. I Didn't Hear Any Abnormalities In His Lungs. He Had Normal Stools With No Blood. He Didn't Have Any Vomiting Or Diarrhea Either That Day. His Eyes Seemed Wide Open And He Was Still Salivating. It Was Past Midnight At This Point, And My Wife And I Decided We Ought To Get Him To A Pet Er. Unfortunately, He Passed Away On The Ride There. Our Hearts Are Broken And We Are So Devastated As He Was A Our Baby And Such A Wonderful Companion. I Spoke With Out Vet Who Wasn't Sure What Could Have Happened As He Didn't Have A Chance To Examine Ollie. He Did Ask Me To Check Him Gums Which Did Seem A Bit Pale. I Was Wondering What Could Have Been Some Causes Of Ollie's Passing. We Thought About Aneurysms, Heart Disease, Poisoning (ollie Would Often Sneak Some Mushrooms If We Weren't Watching Him Closely), Internal Bleeding (we Didn't Observe Any Trauma And He Was Kept Confined In Our Backyard By A Fence), Stroke And Possibly Even Seizures Though Ollie Never Had Any Convulsions. I Would Greatly Appreciate Any Thoughts On This As We Are So Incredibly Heartbroken At Our Loss.

Answer:Situations Like This In Such A Young Dog Can Be Potentially Due To An Autoimmune Disease Of The Blood Cells, Where The Immune System Suddenly Destroys The Body's Own Cells, Which I Have Seen In This Breed. Also Poisoning Potentially Is A Possibility Or Toxin Exposure. Strokes And/or Seizure Event Seems Much Less Likely Here, As Does Internal Bleeding, Unless Your Dog Got Into Rat Poison .

Date: Nov 4, 2015
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poison Oak

Question:All 7 Of My Dogs Have What We Believe Is Poison Oak. It's Been Months And We Can't Seem To Get Rid Of It. some Vets Say Dogs Don't Get Poison Oak, Others Say Yes But We Don't Have Anything For It! we Even Tried Pregnisone. my Husband And I Have Also Contacted It Now. any Help Would Be Appreciate. thank You

Answer:Sounds Like I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Local Veterinary Dermatologist In Your Area To Make Sure Diagnosis Is Accurate, As Problem Should Not Last This Long And I Want To Make Sure Diagnosis Is Correct.

Date: Oct 9, 2015
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten Death :(

Question:Hello, I'm Devastated By The Loss Of My Kitten Barely 2 Days After Receiving A Dose Of Revolution Flea Medication. I Wanted To Get A Vet Opinion On This. Was Fostering This Kitten For The Local Animal Shelter Starting Early August. He Was Estimated At 4 Weeks And Weighed .9 Pounds. Adorable Little Guy But Very Small. He Had A Cold After A Few Days And Was On Liquid Antibiotics For About 12 Days. He Bounced Back And Started To Gain Weight. He Had Another Cold Late Sept And After A Week Of Pills Improved. Always Had Weepy Eyes So Was Going To Address That At Next Vet Visit. Last Sat Another Cold Came On, Runny Nose Sneezing. Sunday He Seemed A Little Worse And Slightly Labored Breathing. Took Him To An Er Vet Sunday Night. They Gave Him Zithromax, Viralys And Shot For Congestion. They Also Administered Revolution For Kittens Bc He Had A Few Fleas. Monday He Seemed Worse....now Very Lethargic, So I Took Him To My Vet. They Agreed With The Antibiotics And Did A Chest X-ray Which Was Clear. He Had A Fever. They Added Eye Gel Bc He Had Yellow Discharge. Tuesday Morning He Seemed Out Of It And Was Sleeping But Breathing Seemed Ok. He Had Never Left The Carrier So Was Concerned He Wasn't Eating Or Drinking. I Also Noticed Slight Tremors Which I Thought Maybe Was Chills From The Fever. I Called The Vet From Work And They Said Bring Him Back And They Would Check For Leukemia. The Shelter Also Offered To Do That For Free So Figured I Was Already $500 In At This Point So Went Home To Pick Him Up For The Test, Then Go To Vet After Since Close By. When I Got Home Around Noon He Was Lying Face Down In His Litter Box Panting Rapidly. It Was Horrible And He Appeared To Be Dying. The Vet Tech At The Shelter Was Closer So I Raced There And They Said He Was Dying And Put Him Down Immediately. I Was Devastated. After A While I Started Wondering About Revolution. I Looked On Line And Their Adverse Reaction List Seemed To Mirror A Lot Of What Happened To My Kitten.....fever, Tremors, Rapid Breathing.....also The Directions Clearly State Do Not Give To Sick Kittens. I Didn't Know This At The Time And Trusted My Vet. Did She Poison My Baby???? Thank U For Your Time.

Answer:I Am So Sorry For Your Loss. Your Kitten Does Sound Like He Was Overall Not Healthy, Given The Recurrent Infections In Such A Short Period Of Time. Sounds To Me More Like Feline Leukemia Or Fiv Virus More Likely In Case Like This, Given Age, Rather Than Rare Reaction To Revolution.

Date: May 1, 2014
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Food

Question:If I Feed My Young Adult Cats A "good", Grain-free Dry Food, Do They Still Need To Be Offered Canned Food As Well?

Answer:I Much Prefer All Wet Food Diets, As Even Most Low Carb Diets Are Not Starch Free.


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