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Dr. Michael Dym
Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 12/01/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Extreme Anxiety

Question:Nothing Seems To Work For Chloe. She Gets So Anxious And Drools And Vomits When She's Nervous.

Answer:You Need To Have Proper Vet Exam And Evaluation To See If Any Other Issues And/or To See If Prescription Anxiety Meds Are Needed. You Also May Need To Be Working With Vet Trainer In Your Area On Behavior Modification To Help. In Meantime, Try Natural Calming Agents Like Be Serene And Composure From 1800petmeds

Date: 11/12/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Euthenisia

Question:My Bitch Bully Is Nearly 6years And Suffers Seperation Anxiety And Allergies To Almost Everything The Past 4 Years. She Urinates/defecate (and Eats Evidence), Chews Walls/frames, Paces, Whines, Shakes, Pants, Chews Herself All Over (& Tip Of Tail Clean Off), Licks Paws/pads, Drools, Yawns, Rubs Face/chin, Pupils Dilate, Depressed Looking, Over Excitedly Greets/blocks Exits, Follows Everywhere/clingy, Scratches Ears/tummy/sides Red Raw, Has Hotspots, Never Seems Settled, Shakes Head, Uses Radiators/walls/carpet/furnishings To Scratch On When Wearing The Cone. I've Tried Every Food Type On The Market, Put Safety Measures In Place, Tried Rehabilitation Techniques, Got Dog Sitters, Tried Different Medical Treatments And Centres, And Finally When Deciding I Cannot Provide Better Care Or Quality Of Life Due To Financial Limitation Turned To Every Animal Trust/charity Who All Say They Cannot Help A Dog Like Mine So She Is Booked In For Euthenisia This Coming Wednesday As Heart Breaking As It Is. I Don't Know If This Is The Right Decision And I'm Desperate For Someone/anyone To Reassure Me Or Give Me Some Answers. The Vets I See Just Say There's No Quick Fix But Don't Actually Give Answers. She's Been On Steroids, Antibiotics, Antihistamines, Had Skin Scrapes (all Clear) Top Of The Range Flee Treatments, She Has Weekly Hybi Scrubs, And I'm Neglecting My Own Children Trying To Help Her Overcome Whatever Problems She Has. She's Also Digested Small Toys Over Time That I Cannot Afford To Have Removed. She Is Up To Date With Vaccines But Is Un Neutered For Fear She Would Scratch At The Area Afterwards. Any Advice Before 16/11/16 Would Be Greatly Appreciated.

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vet About Possible Drug Trials With Doggie Prozac Or Another Called Amitryptylline Or Clomicalm, Which May Help Any Nervous Or Anxious Skin Symptoms As Well As Separation Anxiety Issue

Date: 11/03/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Separation Anxiety

Question:My Two Dogs, Brother And Sister, Rescue Dogs Were 8 When I Got Them, 3 Years Ago. My Neighbor Has Said That They Bark When I'm At Work (2 Days A Week). But Last Week I Had Just Left The House And My Car Was Still In The Driveway And They Both Started This Horrible, Loud Howling. They Also Did It The Next Day. I'm Not Sure Whether They Have Been Doing It All Along. One Dog Looks Like A Poodle And The Other Looks Like A Schnauzer. What Can I Do? I Take Them On A Short Walk Before I Go To Work.

Answer:You Need To Work With Local Vet And/or Trainer In Your Area Skilled On Working With Pets With Common Separation Anxiety Problem. A Combo Of Prescription Meds Like Doggy Prozac, As Well As Behavior Modification Exercises May Be Needed. You Can Try Some Natural Calming Agents Like Be Serene From 1800petmeds, As Well As Composure, However Needs Vet Workup

Date: 10/16/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Aggression

Question:On Friday, My Husband Stepped On Our Male Cat's Paw And He Let Out A Yelp. Our Female Cat, Violently Attacked Him And We Were Only Able To Stop The Fight By Locking Her Out Of The Room. Saturday, The Male Cat Snuck His Way Into The Room She Was Being Held In And She Violently Attacked Again. Today We Have Been Switching Them In And Out Of Rooms To Keep Them Apart. She Has Been Sniffing Where Has Has Been Intensely As If She Has Never Smelled Him Before. They Have Been Playing Ok Under The Door, But When We Cracked It Slightly, The Minute She Saw Him She Hissed Again And Lunged Trying To Get Him. They Have Lived Together For Over 3 Years And This Has Never Happened. What Should We Do?

Answer:I Would Take Both To Local Vet Who Can Review With You Detailed Behavior Modification Tips To Help With This Issue. Also One Or Both Cats May Need Prescription Calming Or Anxiety Meds. For Now You Can Try Be Serene And Composure From 1800petmeds On Both And Keep Separate As You Are Doing

Date: 09/12/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Separation Anxiety - Severe!

Question:My Dog Chews Himself Raw, Whenever I Leave/he's Left Alone. I Cannot Take Him Everywhere. I Don't Know How To Stop Him From Hurting Himself. I Work From Home (i Am A Resident Manager) So, I Am With Him The Most. But, I Leave Him Alone To Run Errands, Because He Cannot Be In The Car - With The Heat. I Used To Leave Him In The House, But He Would Urinate/poop Everywhere And Scratch The Walls/door. So, I Started Putting Him In The Backyard When I Leave And He Has Turned To Hurting Himself. Chewing Himself Raw. I Left Today For 20 Minutes, And He Chewed So Much He Drew Blood. I Just Don't Know What To Do.

Answer:I Would Recommend Consultation With Local Veterinarian As He Likely Needs Prescription Anxiety Meds Such As Trazadone, Or Prozac Like Med, In Addition To Connection With A Trainer On Behavior Modification For The Separation Anxiety. You Can Also Use Natural Calming Agents Such As Be Serene And Composure From 1800petmeds.

Date: 08/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Other
Topic: Pulling Hair

Question:I Have A Question Why Is My Hamster Pulling His Hair Out? Like The Back Of His Back Is Completely Gone

Answer:Could Be Skin Parasite, Anxiety Or Allergy. See Vet If Persists

Date: 08/23/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Meds

Question:I Recently Got Fluoxetine Chicken 5mg/ml Suspension For My 16 Year Old Cat Fluffy Since Her Anxiety Behavior Increased Drastically After We Moved A Year Ago And We Then Took In A Stray Cat From The Neighborhood. Once In A While I Give Her 1ml Of Suspension In Her Wet Food But She Still Cries In The Middle Of The Night Running All Over The House Like A Mother Calls For Her Babies But She Never Had Babies Of Her Own. She Might Be Worried That I Will Leave For The Weekend Again And Maybe She Is Checking If I'm Still In The House. Usually She Sleeps Next To My Face Trying To Lick It. Should I Increase My Dosage And Give It To Her Later At Night Before I Go To Bed. How Long Does The Medication Last In Her? She Won't Take The Benadryl Even In Chicken Suspension. She Has Stopped Over Grooming And Eating Her Fur So She Is Fluffy Again And Not Bald Like Last Year. Salmon Oil Helped.

Answer:I Would Not Increase Dose On Cat This Age, Unless Instructed By Your Vet. Needs Vet Recheck F These Signs Persist Or Worsen

Date: 08/05/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Over Grooming

Question:My 5yr Old Cat Is Licking Her Hair Off In Spots An Causing Raw Skin Patches. Vet Did Test. Blood An Skin An Found No Problems. Test Read Healthy Cat. No Changes In Household. Food All The Same. Has Got Me Crazy Trying To Find Answer. She Eats Well An Uses Her Litter Box.

Answer:Many Possibilities From Chronic Inhalent/contact Allergies To Molds, House Dust Mites, Pollens In Air, Etc And/or Food Allergies. Stress Overgrooming Also Seen. Have To Work With Vet In Step By Step Elimination Of These Possibilities. You Could Ask Vet About Prescription Drug Like Amitryptylline, Which Not Only Has Mild Antihistamine Effect In Case Allergy, But Also Anti Anxiety Effect. I Would Also Put Her On Omega 3 Fatty Acid As Well

Date: 08/03/16
Category: Allergy
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Patches Of Thinning Hair.

Question:Hi I Was Just Given A 6 Year Old Liver An White English Springer Spaniel Female. She Has Thinning Patches Of Hair All Over. She Licks Her Legs An Itches An Rubs On Everything. I Have Two Other Fieldbred Springer Spaniel An Neither Of Them Do This. Question Is If I Change The New Dogs Food To Dimond Natural Would It Help Or Is This Something She Does Because She Has Anxiety

Answer:Changing Food May Or May Not Be Helpful. More Commonly Pets Of This Breed And Age Have Chronic Inhalent/contact Allergies, Known As Canine Atopy, Which Is Allergies To Molds, Grasses, Trees, Pollens, House Dust Mites, Ragweed, Etc. You Can Try Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily And Adding Oral Fatty Acid Like Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 From 1800petmeds, However Full Allergy Workup At Vet May Be Needed

Date: 07/26/16
Category: Eye Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Conjunctivitis

Question:My Roughly Seven Year Old Female Pit Bull Has Been Acting Strange The Last Couple Days. She Has Been Acting Very Skittish, She Has Been Very Shaky And Has Had No Appetite. She Has Always Had A Lot Of Character And Now It Seems As Though She Has Been Crying And Having Anxiety Attacks. Last Night, Her Right Eye Became Rather Inflamed, Bloodshot And Been Producing A Gooey, Yellow, Pus Like Discharge. I've Been Wiping It, Very Gently, With A Damp Washcloth Every Few Hours Or So And Judging By Her Reaction, The Area Around Her Eye Is Also Sore To The Touch. Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Help Her Here From Home, Or Do I Really Need To Take Her In To See A Vet In Person?

Answer:From Your Description It Sounds Like Vet Exam And Full Workup Necessary For Proper Diagnosis And Treatment Plan

Date: 07/06/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My Cats Are Fighting.

Question:Hello, I Have 3 Cats. Houdini (male, Neutered), Mommy (female Neutered), And Fluffy (female Unneutered). For The Pass Few Months Houdini Has Been Acting Extremely Violent To Me, And His Mother (mommy). Fluffy Just Sits Back And Watches. Mommy Has To Be Dragged Out Of The Couch To Be Force Fed, And Has Lost A Lot Of Weight. Also When Houdini And Mommy Even Sees Each Other, They Get In A Pounce Position, Hiss At Each Other, And When Mommy Runs Off, Houdini Chases Her Under The Couch. Also (going To Keep It Pg) When Mommy Is In The Pounce Position, She Usually Pees Or Poos. Please Help!

Answer:You Can Try Natural Calming Agents Such As Be Serene Or Composure From 1800petmeds. You May Need To See Vet For Medical Evaluation Of The Cat And/or To See If Prescription Meds Needed For Aggression And/or Anxiety

Date: 06/21/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ocd Licking

Question:My Dog Gus Is 4 Years Old. My Husband And I Adopted Him In September 2014 From The Animal Shelter Where I Volunteer. Gus Suffers From Anxiety And Ptsd. From What Little Information I Have On His Background, He Was Not Treated Very Well. He Was Surrendered In A Very Petrified Condition And His Fur Was Matted So Badly He Had To Be Shaved Entirely. I Spoke With Our Veterinarian About His Constant Licking And Asked If Gus Might Benefit From An Antidepressant. All Of His Bloodwork Came Back Normal, Thankfully. The Doctor Suggested Behavioral Training Which I Enrolled Him In And He Did Very Well In Class. But I Am Wondering What Your Opinion Is About The Pros And Cons Of Prescription Medication To Treat Animals With Disorders Like Gus. Thank You

Answer:This Is Complex Question. Many Vets Will Use Prescription Meds Like Serotonin Reuptake Inhibiters Such As Prozac Or Zoloft, As Well As Other Drugs Like Trazadone, Clomiprimine, Etc. May Want To See A Veterinary Behavioral Specialist For Expert Opinion. You Could Also Consult With Veterinary Homeopath For Alternative Option. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com

Date: 06/13/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Obsessive Compulsive Grooming

Question:Hi Dr. Dym, I Own An 8-year-old Flamepoint Himalayan Male Who Grooms Obsessively And Who Has A Very Long, Almost Gene Simmons-like Tongue. He Continuously Pulls Out Clumps Of His Beautiful Fur And Proceeds To Swallow It, Thus Forming Very Frequent Hairballs. He Has Always Exhibited This Behavior Ever Since He's Been A Kitten, So I'm Just Not Convinced That He Is Anxious Or Stressed. He Knows That I'm Watching Him As He Will Jump Down Out Of My Lap When I Go To Pull The Hair Clump Out Of His Mouth If I Catch Him In Time Before He Swallows It. While I Do Use Hairball Remedy Once/week, It Still Does Not Address The Ocd Behavior Or Constant Grooming. Thanks So Much For Your Advice And Guidance!

Answer:You Could Try An Antihistamine Like Chlorphenirimine At Dose Of 2 Mg Twice Daily As Well As Supplementing With Dmg Liquid And Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 From 1800petmeds, Which May Help If Allergies. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet For Allergy Workup As Well As To See If Anxiety Involved.

Date: 06/02/16
Category: Anxiety Relief
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vetri Science Composure

Question:I Had Asked This Question Of The Customer Service Dept. Earlier And Didn't Get An Answer, So Here Goes: We Have An Approx. 100 Lb Female Doberman Who Is Very Anxious And Attention-seeking. This Product Works Pretty Well But I Wondered If The Effects Are Cumulative. This Isn't A Situational Anxiety Issue But More An Ongoing Thing. 2 In The Morning, One After That Every Few Hours, Then 2 Again In The Evening. Any Advice Would Be Appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:You Can Try This Product, As Well As L Theanine From Health Food Store At Dose Of 6 To 800 Mg Twice To Three Times Daily As Needed For Anxiety, As Well As Be Serene From 1800petmeds. Your Vet May Need To Prescribe A Prescription Anxiety Med However If These Dont Work

Date: 04/13/16
Category: Urinary Tract/Kidneys
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Submissive Urination

Question:We Adopted A 1 Year Old Dog From The Pound 3 Months Ago. The Dog Has Adapted Well With Myself And Our 4 Children. My Husband Does Not Like The Dog And Though He Is Following The Tips We've Found, The Dog Submissively Urinates Around Him Frequently. I Think The Dog Perceives That My Husband Doesn't Like Him. He Doesn't Do It For Any Other People Including Other Men. My Husband Is Ready To Get Rid Of The Dog. Please Help. Is There Any Solution?

Answer:I Would Work With Trainer One On One In Your Home On Behavior Modification Exercises. Sometimes Vets Will Prescribe Anxiety Prescription Meds As Well So Vet Exam Also Suggested. Try Be Serene From 1800petmeds As Natural Calming Agent.

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