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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: 02/04/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poodle 7 Year Old

Question:Hey I Have A Poodle She Is 6 Year Old And She's Been Throwing Up No Appetite And She Staggering Around And Walkimg Want Seat Down And She's Already Had Her Parvo Shot And Rabie Shot And We Called The Vet And She Said It Could Be Her Annal Glands Are Swallon And Something About Mashing It Or Sticking Your Finger Up Her Butt . What Do You Think It Is .

Answer:Many Possibilities Here That Can Cause Loss Of Appetite And Vomiting. I Doubt It Is Only Anal Gland Issue. Your Dog Needs Full Exam And Recheck, Including Full Blood Panel, Etc To Get To Underlying Causes And Treatment Plan

Date: 08/08/11
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabie Vaccination

Question:We Recently Found And Have Adopted A Tea Cup Male Poodle Who Was Wandering Around My Work Parking Lot. We Believe He Is Less Than A Year Old And Have No Way Of Knowing If He Has Had A Rabie Shot. Is There A Test That Can Be Performed To Determine If He Has Been Vaccinated?

Answer:You Can Have A Rabies Titer Measured Which Some Holistic Minded Vets Www.ahvma.org Can Run For You To See If He Has Had Rabies Shot Or You Could Just Get Him Rabies Vaccinated. I Am Always Concerned About Overvaccination Of Dogs For Rabies Www.rabieschallengefund.org

Date: 09/30/09
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies/appetite

Question:At What Age Should A Dog Have A Rabie Shot, Also What Otc Meds Can I Give A Chihuahua That Only Will Weigh 3 To 4 Pounds To Increase His Appetite

Answer:No Otc Meds I Would Recommend For That Little Size Guy Unless He Had Full Medical Workup To See Why Not Eating. Alot Of Toy Breeds Can Be Picky And You May Want To Try Those Diets With More Natural Ingredients Or Human Grade Like Pet Guard Or Wysong Which You Can Find On Line Or Eat Great Be Well From 1800petmeds. Proper Home Made Diets Are Described In Book Dr Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn,Dvm, Phd As For Rabies, Especially In These Little Guys Who Are More Prone To Reactions, I Prefer To Wait Until They Are At Least 4 Months Old And Preferably Over 6 Months Old.

Date: 12/23/08
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabie And Distemper Shot

Question:My Dog Got His Rabie And Distemper Shot Today What Can I Give Him For The Pain In His Hip.

Answer:You Could Try Buffered Aspirin At Dose Of 5 Mg Per Pound Once Or Twice Daily With Food For 1-2 Days, Only If Not Upset Stomach, And Not On Other Drugs Which Could Interact With. Check With Your Vet. . If Symptoms Persist, Have Your Vet Recheck Pet. This Is Big Reason Why In My Practice I Never Give Multiple Vaccines At Same Time. In My 17 Years Of Clinical Veterinary Practice. I Have Seen Much Less Reactions When Less Viral Antigens So To Speak Are Injected At Once. You Should Also Note That In Pets Over The Age Of One Or Two Who Were Properly Immunized As Puppies That Immunity To Parvo/distemper Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet Thus Your Pet Should Not Get Repeated Un Necessary Vaccinations Year After Year Especially With Reaction You Describe.

Date: 08/02/08
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccines

Question:I Recently Bought 2 Shih Tzu And Already Had A Toy Poodle. One Shih Tzu Is 4 Mos Old And The Other If 9 Mos Old. The Poodle Is 5 Years Old And I Got Each One At About 6 Weeks Of Age. I Have Never Given The Poodle Any Type Of Vaccines. Both The Shih Tzus Had Been Given The Puppy Shots By The Sellers When I Bought Them At 6 Wks. I Was Told To Wait Until The Puppies Are 16 Weeks Old Before Giving The Rabie Vaccine. The Baby Is Just Now Turning 16 Weeks. The Poodle Has Not Had Any Problems And Before Her I Had A Schnauzer That Lived To Be 11 Years Old. He Had Never Had Any Shots Either. Are All These Vaccines Necessary Or Which One Would You Advise Getting Or Is Absolutely Necessary?

Answer:Hot Question. Many Of My Holistic/homeopathic Clients Only Give Rabies Vaccinations To Their Pets, As Often That One Is Required By Law In Most States But You Could Check. I Myself Chose Not To Vaccinate My Children, After Reviewing All Of The Data On It. I Definitely Think Pets Are Way Overvaccinated Today With Too Many Combinations Of Viruses Too Frequently. If You Wanted To Do A Minimalist Approach You Could Stick With Just Rabies, Waiting Until Pups Are 6 Months Of Age, Or Consider A Vet Who Will Give Distemper/parvo Only(called A D/p Shot), Not The Typical 5 Or 7 In One Vaccinations Which Can Cause More Acute And Chronic Reactions In Pets In My Experience And Opinion Especially With Toy Breeds. Every Vet Though Has Different Protocol. I Would Learn More At Www.rabieschallengefund.org As Well As Www.itsfortheanimals.com Or Www.shirleyswellnesscafe.com On This Big Issue And Make Up Your Own Decision.

Date: 04/04/08
Category: First Aid
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tail Chewing

Question:I Havea 7yr. Old Great Dane With A Herniated Naval. I Can't Take To Vet, He Won't Do A Leash Or Ride. No Vet For About 5 Yrs. Problem: Raw Spot On Tail, About 6in. Long. Started Chew-ing When Master Died. He's An Inside Dog. Fleas Not Bad. Eats Pedigree And Some Table Scraps. Please, Can You Help Me. Also, With No Vet Visits, No Rabie Shots Or Such. Is There Pills Or Liquid Meds (over The Counter Type). Oh Its Getting Hard To Move His Move His Hind Legs. Can You Help

Answer:It Sounds Like Umbillical Hernia(belly Button Hernia)which Is Common And Often Not That Clinically Important In Most Pets. For Skin Issue You Could Try Topical Aloe Vera Gel From Health Food Store As Well As Topical Green Tea To Area. Try Corticare Lotion From 1800petmeds To Area. Also For Joints Consider Super Joint Enhancer From 1800petmeds As Well As I Strongly Recommend Antioxidant Called Proanthozone At Dose Of 100 Mg Twice Daily For 10 Days, Then 100 Mg Once Daily Which I Have Had Great Results With In Combination With Product Like Super Joint Enhancer. Also Give Faty Acid Like Be Well Fatty Acid Supplement Which Can Help Long Term As Well As Anti Inflammatory Yucca As Well Which Can Help With Allergies And Joints.

Date: 11/04/07
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump On Neck

Question:We Adopted A Dog From The Animal Shelter 5 Days Ago.he's One Year Old. He Had His Rabie Shot And Got Fixed That Day,He Also Had Hookworks.when We Picked Him Up My Husband Noticed A Bump On His Neck. It Was Fatty And Under The Skin. After That It Had Gotten Visable And We Were Able To See It. Then It Got Denser And Harder. It Doesn't Really Seem To Bother Him Unless His Collar Is One. We Called The Shelter And They Said If It Doesn't Go Down In A Couple Of Weeks Call Them Back. What Could It Be And Should We Wait That Long Or Just Take Him To The Vet?

Answer:Could Be Reaction To Rabies Vaccination, As Lumps Can Sometimes Appear. If Persists, I Would Take Back To Clinic In 1 Month To Assess. As Long As He Is Acting Normally I Would Not Worry About It At This Time

Date: 10/25/07
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm Test

Question:Hi My Dog Has Been On Monthly Heartworm Medication. He Had His Checkup Today And His 3 Yr. Rabie Shot. They Tested Him For Heartworm And Said It Was Negitive. Then They Called Later And Said It Appeared As Possitive Later. Can This Be Accurate Test Results To Show Up Later? Thank You Debbie

Answer:Sounds Fishy To Me. I Would Have A Third Test Redrawn And Then Ask Vet To Send Blood Test Out To Outside Lab Like Antech Diagnostics Or Idex Labs, Which Likely One Of Your Vets Uses. Sometimes We See False Positives In Office As Well, So I Always Confirm Any Positives, Especially In Asymptomatic Dogs Or In Those Pets Who Have Been Given Heartworm Prevention Like You Faithfully Have With Outside Lab Test. Dont Let Vet Convince You To Have Done By Him/her Again In House. I Bet It Is Negative. Let Me Know.

Date: 09/15/07
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies

Question:What State Can You Get Rabie Vaccines For A Dog? I Give My Dog All Shots Except Rabies. Please Let Me Where I Can Get The Vaccine With Out Going To A Clinic. Thank. Lesa From Kansas

Answer:I Dont Know Any States Which Allow This. As For As I Know Rabies Shots Must Be Purchased And Given By Licensed Vet.

Date: 06/27/07
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food And Water Intake

Question:I Have A 11.5 Poodle Mix. Approx. 10 Mths Old. Has Received Distemper And Rabie Vac. The Problem Is He Will Go For 2 Or 3 Days Without Eating Unless You Give Him People Food. I Thouhgt He Was Vomiting Because Of The People Food. But He Will Sometimes Throw Up After Eating Dog Food.( Always Pedigree Ground, Always Try To Switch Up Varieties, Especially After A Lull In Appettite) The Next Problem Is, After He Drinks Water He Coughs, Not Severly But It Is A Commom Occurrence.

Answer:I Would Have Vet Recheck To Make Sure No Medical Issues. This Breed Can Have Something Called Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Which Can Be Due To Dietary Allergies Or Unknown Inflammation Which Can Cause Periodic Loss Of Appetite, Digestive Symptoms, Etc. However Full Workup Including Stool Checks, Blood Work, Etc Should Be Done. Proper Home Made Diet Could Be Tried As Described In Book Dr Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd I Would Also Recommend Good Probiotics Like Mitomax And Mitoboost Www.imagilin.com Which I Have Had Great Success With In Practice On Cases Like This When Used Long Term

Date: 03/11/07
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabie Shots

Question:How Often Do You Need To Have To Get A Rabie Shot?

Answer:Regulations Regarding Rabies Shots Vary From State To State And County To County. You Would Need To Check With Your Local Board Of Health, Or Your Veterinarian. In Some Areas It's Still Once A Year And In Other Areas It's Once Every 3 Years.

Date: 10/28/06
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Rabie Shots

Question:How Long Do Rabie Shots Last Before They Have To Get Another One?

Answer:It Depends Whether Your Dog Was Immunized With The One Year Or Three Year Vaccine.

Date: 10/17/06
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: 3 Stray Kittens

Question:I Have Found 3 Stray Kittens About 4 To 6 Weeks Old. I've Brought Them Into My Home. I've Cleaned Them Up And Nursed Them Back To Good Health. The Problem Is I Also Have 3 Children Ages 1 To 8. They Love The Kittens And Want To Play With Them, But I Am Afraid Because They Haven't Had Their Shots. What Shot Is Best The 5-in-1 Or 4-in-1 And Will They Still Need A Rabie Shot Too?

Answer:I Dont Like Either. I Only Use The 3 In One Vaccine. I Dont Think Other Components Are Necessary In My Opinion. I Usually Separate Rabies Out By At Least 4 Weeks As If Give Multiple Vaccines At Same Time, More Liklihood Of Acute Or Worse Chronic Immune Reactions In My Opinion

Date: 06/21/06
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies Vaccine

Question:Hi, Is It Completely Safe To Give Rabie Shots To: Pregnate Females And Nursing Females ? Or Do I Need To Avoid This ? Thanks

Answer:Avoid Vaccinating Pregnant Pets With Anything Especially Rabies Vaccines Which Must Be Administered By Licensed Vet In Your States Anway

Date: 12/22/05
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Infection

Question:My Cat Has A Wound By Its Tail And Although I Have Been Cleanibg It With Peroxide It Does Not Seem To Be Getting Better(still Pussing). I Think She Needs An Anti-biotic, Which One? Also Is This Dangerous To Us? Thanks

Answer:Most Likely Not Dangerous To You Unless Your Pet Was Bitten By Rabie Animal. Probably Best To Take Your Cat To Vet And Have Exam And Possible Rabies Booster. Also Any Antibiotic Would Be Prescription Written By Your Vet Such As Clavamox Or Baytril Which You Can Then Fill At 1800petmeds. Try Topical Calendula From Health Food Store To Area A Few Times Daily Which Can Help Promote Healing Of Tail

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