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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: 11/11/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting

Question:Ever Since My Puppy Got His Shots He Has Been Throwing Up, Before He Throws Up He Whines Almost Like He Is Crying. Also Since His Shots He Is More Lethargic.

Answer:Sounds Like Acute And Chronic Vaccination Reaction. You Could Try Pepcid Ac At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Twice Daily, However Probably Best To See Vet If Signs Persist

Date: 11/10/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Side Effects Of Vaccines

Question:I Took My 2 Year Old Corgi Mix Baby For His 2 Year Check Up Today. He Got 2 Shots And Had Blood Drawn. He Is Shaking Uncontrollably Now, 4 Hours After The Appointment And Is Breathing Irregularly. Is That Normal?

Answer:Sounds Like Vaccination Reaction To Me. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Local Vet. Also In Future, Dont Get Any Non Essential Core Vaccinations, As Many Core Vaccinations Like Parvo Or Distemper Has Immunity That Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet.

Date: 11/04/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccinations

Question:I Have Two Dachshund Puppies That Had Puppy Shots At 6 Weeks Then I Got Sick And They Missed Their Follow Up Shots. They Are Now 4 Months And I Know They Need Rabies But How Do I Catch Up Their Other Shots?

Answer:After 16 To 18 Weeks Of Age, One Combination Parvo/distemper Vaccination Should Be All That Is Needed For Long Term Immunity. I Would Not Repetitively Overvaccinate Them At This Age, As This One Shot Should Confer Long Term Immunity That Likely Will Last For Years. This Breed Very Sensitive To Vaccination Reactions. Also Separate Rabies Out From The The Final Distemper/parvo Shot By 3 To 4 Weeks To Reduce Side Effects

Date: 10/25/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loss Of Appetite And Energy

Question:Hello. I Have A 3 Month English Bulldog Who Just Had His Vaccines 3 Days Ago. Today He Has Not Ate, He Looks Extremely Sad, He Does Not Respond Us, His Body Is Warm And Overall Doesn't Want Anything. What Can It Be? Should I Be This Concerned?

Answer:I Would Return To Vet For Recheck As Sounds Like Vaccination Reaction To Me

Date: 10/21/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Felv

Question:My 4 Month Old Kitten Has Just Been Diagnosed With Felv. I Have A 6 Year Old Cat At Home Who Has Just Had The Felv Vaccine. What Are The Chances He Will Get The Virus?

Answer:Great Question But The Actual Research Done By The Feline Leukemia Vaccine Companies Many Years Ago, Actually Showed That It Was Very Hard To Transmit Felv Virus To Cats Older Than One Year Of Age Who Are Negative, Regardless Of Feleuk Vaccination Status. I Would Not Overvaccinate The Older Cat Every Year For Feleuk, As There Can Be Other Complications From Doing This Yearly Long Term.

Date: 10/11/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Neurological Issues

Question:Hello. I Have A Spayed Female Staffordshire (lacy) Who Just Turned 10 In August. She Was A Normal, Healthy Dog With A History Of Hip Problems Since Around 3 (it Didn't Really Slow Her Down Though). She Had A Surgery March 2016 (dental Cleaning, Lump Removal From Lip And Vaccinations Right Before Surgery). She Seemed Fine For The First Week After Surgery. Once Medications Were Finished, She Started To Have Balance Difficulty. She Was Tilting Her Head To The Right And Leaning To The Left. This Continued To Progress. We Saw A Vet And She Was Treated For Possible Ear Infection With Ear Drops And A Antibiotics. Her Symptoms Continued To Progress. She Had Difficulty Walking And Would Fall A Lot (to The Left). Eventually She Couldn't Do Steps. We Saw A Second Vet For Another Opinion. He Saw Fluid In Her Right Ear. The Fluid Was Tested But Results Were Negative. Tried Pred/antibiotic And Her Symptoms Temporarily Improved. She Has Had Times Where She Seemed To Improve But Would Then Decline. She Continued To Get Worse After July 2016 After Running Around Barking At Fireworks. No Diagnosis Still. Blood Work Was Ok, Liver Enzymes Slightly Elevated. She Has Nystagmus, Horner's, Some Difficulty Eating/drinking (food Falling Out Left Side Of Mouth), Leans To Left, Etc. Continued On Different Types Of Antibiotics With Minimal Change. Saw Neurologist Who Said It Seems To Be Cns With Brain Stem Affected. She Seems To Have Left Side Weakness With Decreased Proprioception Now. They Wanted To Do A Mri But I Can't Afford $2,000 For It. The Neurologist Gave Her A Higher Dose Of Pred (20 Mg Vs The 5 That She Had Been Weaned To) And More Antibiotics Which That Seemed To Help Her Symptoms For A Little Bit. She Continued On The Pred After Antibiotics Ended But Slowly Declined. Now She Doesn't Really Walk And Needs To Be Carried Outside. She Leans Heavily To The Left But No Longer Has A Head Tilt. Her Left Front/back Leg Seems Weaker And Buckles When I Help Her Stand. She Seems Depressed At Times. She Still Eats And Drinks. Her Stool Is Normal, No Diarrhea Ever. I Have Not Seen Any Real Cognitive Changes Or Seizures. It Has Been 6-7 Months Since Her Syndromes First Started. The Vet Can't Figure It Out And The Neurologist Wasn't Much Help. I Would Love More Opinions If There Is Anything Left To Try Or Any Possible Idea Of What Is Going On With Her. She Was Totally Fine Before She Had That Surgery/vaccinations.

Answer:The Last Sentence Provides The Key To Me, Because As Both An Experienced Ivy League Trained 25 Year Experienced Traditional Veterinarian And A Holistic Veterinarian, It Does Sound Like The Vaccines/dental/lump Removal Within That Short Period Triggered The Neurological Decline. We Call This In Holistic Veterinary Medicine Vaccinosis, Which While Well Documented, Is Not Recognized By Most Traditional Vets And Even Neurologists, As They Are Not Trained In Chronic Vaccination Reactions. I Would Try And Consult With A Homeopathic And/or Holistic Veterinarian To Try And Address This As Other Than The Merrygoround Of Steroids And Antibiotics, Neurology Has Nothing To Offer In Vet Medicine Unless You Wanted The Mri And Would Consider Expensive Surgery After That If It Is Applicable. To Learn More About Constitutional Homeopathy, Which Is Not A Quick Fix And Does Require Time, Patience And Followup, See The Booklet On The Website Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As The Websites Www.drpitcairn.com And Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations If None In Your Area

Date: 10/06/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo Virus

Question:Good Day. I Want To Find Out If You Can Help Me With My Question. Yesterday I Woke Up And My 10 Week Old Toy Pom Didnt Look To Well. He Was Vaccinated By The Breeder But She Told Me She Did It Herself. I Took Him To The Vet Because He Had Worms In His Stool And It Was Watery And He Was Throughing Up. They Did A Test And Said It Is Parvo Virus. They Came Me Clopamon, Flagyl Prolyte,Ulsanic And Protexin And Hills A/c. Will This Help My Puppy To Get Better?

Answer:This Treatment May Help Puppy Get Better. But The Thing Your Vet Should Have Told You, Is That There Can Be False Positive Stool Parvo Virus Tests In A Pet Recently Vaccinated With A Modified Live Viral Vaccination Within A Week Prior. I Also Would Ask Your Vet About A Cbc, As Most Dogs With Severe Parvo Also Have Very Low White Blood Cell And Neutrophil Count. Sounds Like Good Supportive Therapy, Although Some Pets Need To Be In Hospital On Iv Fluids, Etc

Date: 10/01/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Is My Kitten Having A Reaction To Vaccines?

Question:Hello, I Rescued An Abandoned Kitten When She Was About 10 Days Old.. She's Now 4 Months And Is The Most Amazing, Playful Dog Like Kitten! Last Sunday We Took Her To Get Her First Shots, Not Huge Fans But We Do Have Another Rescue That Spends As Munch Time Outside As She Does Inside... The Kitten Got A 3 In 1 As Well As Feline Leukemia And A Dewormer.. The First 2 Days She Wasnt Herself, Favored Her Back Leg A Bit And Slept Alot.. We Are Now Going On Day 7 And She Seems To Be Limping On Her Front Leg Now, Hunching Her Back A Bit, Whines When Picked Up, Still Sleeping A Lot.. Is This Normal? Could It Be The Vaccines Or Something Totally Unrelated? She's Still Eating And Drinking And Going To The Bathroom So I'm Not Too Sure What It All Means.. Thanks In Advance!

Answer:In My Experience And Opinion As Both An Ivy League Trained Traditional Veterinarian, As Well A Veterinarian Who Has Also Embraced Holistic Veterinary Medicine, I Do Think The Combination Vaccinations And Wormer Are Involved Here. Unfortunately, Most Traditional Veterinarians Are Not Trained In Or Aware Of The Potential For Chronic Immune Reactions To Vaccinations, Which We Call Vaccinosis In Holistic Medicine. In Future, You Want To Separate Out Different Vaccinations And Wormers On Different Days By At Least A Week Or Two, To Try And Minimize Reactions. In This Case, The Combination Vaccination, Leukemia Vaccination And Wormer Were Probably All Involved Due To The Combination Stress On His Immune System. If Her Symptoms Of Chronic Disease Continue, Then You May Want To Consider Consulting With A Veterinary Homeopath, Who Is Best Trained At Treating These Type Of Potential Chronic Immune Reactions. To Learn More About Homeopathy, See The Booklet On The Website Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As The Information On The Site Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations As Well. Homeopathy Is Not A Quick Fix, But Is Best System Of Medicine, In My Opinion At To Address These Chronic Vaccinosis Effects. Also Pick Up Copy Of The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, Which Is A Wonderful Review Of More Natural Health Care For Cats

Date: 10/01/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaction To Rabies Vaccine

Question:Dexter Is 6 Yrs Old, Had His 3 Year Rabies Vaccine Yesterday And Seemed Fine. Today He Is Out Of Sorts, Lethargic, It's 4pm And He Hasn't Wanted To Drink Any Water, Just Half Of A Baby Carrot And Peed Only Once Early Morning. He Will Walk To Me After I Try To Coax Him For A Few Minutes But It's As If He Didn't Want To Walk, He Sort Of Just Goes Slowly. He Doesn't Have A Fever As His Nose Is Moist. I'm Not Sure What Part Of Body Vaccine Was Administered, But He Whimpered Once When I Sat By Him And I Didn't Touch Him. I'm Worried But Have No Income To Take Him To Hospital

Answer:So Sorry To Hear Of Your Plight. I Would Call Back The Veterinarian Who Administered The Rabies Vaccination And See If It Is Ok If You Can Give Him A Dose Of Buffered Aspirin(that Dose Would Be Determined By His Weight), As I Cant Recommend That Officially As I Dont Know His Medical Background, History, Etc. You Can Also Go To A Health Food Store Or Whole Foods To Get A Homeopathic Remedy Called Sulphur In 30c Potency. I Would Administer 2 Pellets Of That Homeopathic Remedy One Time Only. Do Not Repeat The Dose. . Pour The Pellets Into The Cap And Pour Down His Mouth All At Once On Empty Stomach, Not With Food Or Water By At Least 30 Minutes. This Will Help Hopefully Detoxify His Body From The Vaccination. If The Problems Persist, Then You May Want To Consider Constitutional Homeopathy To Help With Any Chronic Vaccination Reactions Known As Vaccinosis. To Learn More About Homeopathy See Www.drpitcairn.com As Well As Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations, But Im Not Sure That Will Be In Your Price Range At This Time

Date: 09/20/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Can't Walk.

Question:My 1yr Old Boxer Was Vaccinated About 5 Days Ago, When She Was Given The Rabies Shot, She Moved, The Needle Hung Inside Of Her Skin Until It Fell Off, The Vet Just Shrugged It Off And Got Another Shot And Gave It To Her. Well, Now My Dog Can Bearly Walk, And Can't Even Make It Off The Floor To Jump On To The Couch Anymore. Do You Think This Missfire Of A Shot Could Be The Cause Of This? Is This A Natural Reaction? When I Called The Same Vet Care Clinic, They Simply Told Me The Vaccination Should Have No Effect On Her At All. But, I Am More Than Welcome To Bring My Dog Back, So They Can Take A Look At Her. To Me That Sounds Like If They Are Just Trying To Make Money.... I Read Online That There Could Be Some Minor To Sever Issues After Vaccines, Should I Worry About This? Or Just Let It Take Its Course And Everything Will Be Ok?

Answer:I Dont Think The "missfire" Is Why She Is So Sore And Lame. Acute And Chronic Rabies Vaccination Reactions Are Much More Common Than Veterinarians Are Aware Of Or Tell You. To Learn More About This See The Education Articles On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org Sadly Most Vets Are Not Trained On How To Appreciate Or Recognize Acute Or Chronic Reactions To Rabies Vaccinations. I Would Take Dog Back In For Recheck. If Any Chronic Physical, Mental Or Emotional Changes Develop, You May Want To Explore Consulting With A Homeopathic Vet, Who Is More Familiar With What Is Called Rabies Vaccinosis And Can Offer More Individualized Care To Treat. See Www.doctordym.com To Learn More. Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations

Date: 09/20/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccines

Question:My Puppy Got His Shots And He Having Pain I Can Not Touch Him Because He Starts To Cry What Can I Do? He Got Distemper Vaccine -parvo Vaccine Bordetella Vaccine - And The Rabies Shot Today.

Answer:It Really Pains Me To See Veterinarians Continuing To Overvaccinate Dogs Like This With Multiple Components At The Same Time. Sad That They Get No Training On The Dangers Of This Both In The Short And Long Term In Their Veterinary School Educations. I Would See Vet For Recheck If Signs Persist Or Worsen, As Anti Inflammatory Pain Meds, Etc May Be Needed. Also Please Know That Immunity To Core Viruses Parvo And Distemper Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet So That Repetitive Vaccinations Year After Year Are Not Needed. Also In Future Skip The Noncore Bordatella Vaccination Which Is Not Necessary Anyway. To Learn More On All Of This See The Education Articles On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org

Date: 09/19/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarheea

Question:We Took My Dog In Saturday Evening, About 4:30pm For Her Year Old Shots. She Got The Rabies, Dhpp, And Lepto. She Never Has Accidents In The House And We Came Home Sunday Afternoon To Diarheea In The House. I Also Woke Up To It This Morning. Is This Normal And Should I Change Her Diet Temporarily? She Is A Gsd.

Answer:Another Sad Example Of Situation I Hear About From Across The Country, Where In My Opinion, A Pet Is Way Overvaccinated Likely With Components She Really Doesnt Even Needed. In Spite Of The Research From 1978 From Veterinary Immunologist Expert Ron Schultz, Phd, Most Veterinarians Remain Ignorant Regarding The Acute And Chronic Dangers Of Overvaccination In Pets. Immunity To Core Viruses Parvo/distemper, Etc Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet, So Innoculating Pets After Initial Or First Yearly Boosters Is Not Needed In Most Cases And Can Cause Acute And/or Chronic Disease. Learn More By Seeing The Education Articles On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org As For Lepto, In My 25 Year Experience And Opinion This Vaccination Is Useless, Not Needed And Can Cause Chronic Disease, Even The Newer Versions. See The Book Mark Of The Beast, By My Veterinary Colleague And Friend Patricia Jordan Dvm To Learn More. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet For Recheck, However In Future Try And Avoid All Un Necessary Repeated Vaccinations

Date: 09/17/16
Category: Pain/Inflammation
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Vaccination Pain

Question:My Cat Had His Annual Shots And Is Very Soar Today, Can I Giv E Him Ibuprofen?

Answer:No Ibuprofen. That Can Kill Cats. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet. In Future. Stop Vaccinating This Cat, As Most Core Viral Vaccination Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet In Terms Of Immunity And Shots Yearly Or Every 3 Years Are Not Necessary. Also Consider Working With A Veterinary Homeopath, If Your Pet Develops Chronic Symptoms Of "vaccinosis" Long Term. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations

Date: 09/16/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting After Rabbis Vaccine

Question:Golden/husky Mix - Had His Rabbis Vaccine Around 2pm This Afternoon - Has Vomited 4 Times In The Last Hour (8-9pm) - Is This Normal Or Should I Take Him To An Emergency Vet?

Answer:I Would Take Him To Emergency Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen. In Future Look To Get Him Medically Exempt From Rabies Vaccination In Your State Www.rabieschallengefund.org Also Consider Working With A Homeopathic Vet To Properly Detoxify From Shot Reaction Long Term. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations

Date: 09/14/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Side Effects

Question:My 13 Wk Old Scotties Terrier Just Had His 3 Rd Dhlpp And Vet Gave Boratella Shot With He Got Ill Throwed Up 7 Times Had To Be Rushed Back To Vet Gave Benadryl And Iv Should He Get 4 Th Booster I Know Some Vets Only Require 3

Answer:If His Were My Dog, I Would Not Get Any Further Dhpp Boosters. As An Alternative, Wait Until He Gets To Be 16 Weeks Old And Then Measure A Vaccination Titer To Parvo/distemper At Your Vet, Which Will Most Likely Tell You That He Is Protected And No Further Vaccinations Would Be Indicated Or Needed. I Worry About The Long Term Effects Of Vaccines On A Sensitive Immune System. I Would Certainly Not Get The Bordatella. In My Opinion, An Ineffective And Non Necessary Vaccination

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