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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: Feb 14, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat throwing up blood?

Question:Cat, 6mo-1yr, bathed and given flea medicine 3 days prior, lethargic, won't eat, throwing up frequently pink/orange water with occasional foam, hiding away and avoiding contact, very unlike cats personality.

Answer:I worry that the pink/orange foam that he/she is throwing up may be blood and, as you can imagine, this needs some medical attention. Bring the flea medication that you used on him/her with you to the veterinarian - it might be the cause.

Date: Feb 2, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unusual color of vomit.

Question:This morning my dog woke up vomiting a pink foamy liquid. It was the first time she has done this. But was on a empty stomach yet ( has not eaten yet this morning) Looking online it was saying reasons like heart or long disease. So Google got me worried. Should I take her to the vet even tho it's the first occurrence. Or wait till it happens again?

Answer:Dogs can vomit for a LOT of different reasons (something they ate, gastrointestinal viruses, kidney disease, liver disease, toxins, and the list goes on and on) so it's really hard for me to advise you remotely. I don't like the pink color of the vomitus - that can be blood, which is never good. It also might just be food coloring from her food, but either way I would consider having your veterinarian take a look at her.

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat licking lips and gagging

Question:My cat is licking his lips and keeps gagging. He occasionally spits up food from gagging but does not throw up. I took him to the vet and He said he doesn't see any thing stuck in his throat and his X-rays look normal and no blockage anywhere. His blood work came back normal as well. Yet he continues to gag and looks misserable from gagging so much. What could be the cause of this? I am so worried, but the out vet says to start him on antibiotics and wait and see. Any information would be great!

Answer:An antibiotic trial may be helpful in case some sort of infection, but I would also ask your vet about trial with prescription drug called cerenia, which not only can help with nausea and/or vomiting(as lick lipping in cat often an indication of nausea), but also nonspecifically with pain. I would also put him on some hair ball remedy like laxatone, in case hair balls involved. Ask your vet about possibility of airway inflammation such as feline asthma which has a whole different way of treating.

Date: Jan 27, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Others
Topic: ask what to do

Question:I have rose ringed parakeet she was I'll and have vomiting I have no vet near my house what I do please tell me soon its emergency

Answer:I only practice on dog and cats so I can't give you very good advice about birds - they are a unique species, for sure. Try calling the closest veterinary school to you and try to speak with someone in the exotics department.

Date: Jan 24, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Yellow vomit with diarrhea

Question:My Cat vomited undigested food with yellow fluid few days before (3) after that we have observed abnormal behavior diarrhea has been also observed . He is not eating at all ~!

Answer:I recommend having this issue looked at by a veterinarian. You can book a vet house call at www.vetpronto.com

Date: Jan 17, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pink vomit

Question:I adopted my cat 2 1/2 months ago from a cats protection society. She was sick this morning and it was a very watery pinkish colour. She had just been outside and had eaten some grass as that was also in the mix. This is the first time she has done this since being in my home. Any ideas?

Answer:Many possibilities from simple virus to intestinal parasites to metabolic disease of liver or pancreas, etc. You can try oral pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily. If no help, see vet for full workup to sort these out

Date: Jan 15, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting after blood extraction

Question:Hello. Yesterday a very nervous veterinarian used the same syringe (and needle) several times to draw blood from my dog because he could not find his vein. Then the dog has vomited three times in a day. We also fed him human food with condiments (onion, pepper and cumin). We also gave him some baked corn tamales that are cooked with oil. We do not know what to do and as it is Sunday no veterinarian will take care of us

Answer:If signs persist or worsen, best to see vet for blood work up and/or x rays to sort this out. For now you could try oral pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily and bland hamburger and rice diet.

Date: Jan 14, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Randomly Vomits

Question:Hello, Our 6 yr old Beagle cross (basset hound we think) we adopted about a month ago. Last week he woke us up around 5 am. And wanted out. He threw up. Looked like a little bit undigested food and a treat, it had be a few hours since he last ate. Again same thing two days ago and then this morning. Vomit wasn't exact same, maybe more yellow this time but from my still. Aside from thay he seems perfectly fine. 3 times in one week though and hours after he ate. Stool is normal except 1 or 2 it was a little mushy. As far as we know he hasn't ate anything random he is good about that. Unless he eating something he shouldn't when we are sleeping (garbage is in a cupboard he can't get)

Answer:Best to have vet exam and assessment including stool check for parasites, possibly x rays and/or blood work based on exam findings. Many possibilities rom simple virus to dietary sensitivity to more complex medical issues. You can try oral pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily and bland hamburger and rice diet to see if helps.

Date: Jan 4, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting dog

Question:My dog has been throwing up for the past few days. He has been living with me since July 5 2016. He has never had this issue until December 9 2016. He threw up some trash but I figured it was normal. Now this week he throws up grass and just today he threw up his food. He's an all black Rottweiler Lab mix.

Answer:BEst to have proper vet exam, blood work and possibly x rays for proper diagnosis and treatment plan as lots of possibilities. You could try pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily and bland diet until you can see vet for workup

Date: Sep 6, 2016
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Puking Cat

Question:Our Cat (indoor, 14 Years Old) Has Been Throwing Up More Frequently For About A Month. We Thought It May Have Been His Switch To Clumping Litter, But After Switching Back To Non-clumping He Is Still Vomiting. He Does Not Vomit Every Day, But We Have Noticed He Isn't Eating Or Drinking Water As Frequently. His Behavior Otherwise Has Been Completely Normal. after Throwing Up A Couple Times Today, He Just Vomited A Pink Liquid That Had A Tiny Speck Of Red And Some Unchewed Food In It. I Was Just Wondering If This Could Be A Result Of Him Not Chewing His Food Enough And If Switching Him To An All Soft Food Diet Would Be Beneficial? Or If This Would Be Something More Serious? He Tends To Barely Chew His Food And Just Swallow It A Lot Of The Time.

Answer:Given Chronic Vomiting, Needs Full Veterinary Workup And Evaluation For Diagnosis For Me To Offer Treatment Suggestions. I Would Just Not Change His Diet At This Point, As Problem Has Been Going On For Month. At This Age, Lots Of Possibilities. Also Consider Pepcid Ac At Dose Of 5 Mg Once Daily Until Vet Assessment

Date: Sep 6, 2016
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 10 Month Old Pit/terrier Abnormal Breathing

Question:Hi, my FiancÚ And I Adopted A 10 Month Old Pitbull/terrier 08-29-16. She Had Only Been In The Shelter A Few Days When We Got Her. She Was Spayed And Vaccinated Through The Shelter The Week We Picked Her Up About 4 Days After Her Adoption. We've Had Her 3 Days And She Has Now Developed A Odd Cough Almost As If She Is Trying To Vomit But She Won't Completely Cough Up. When She Does Cough She Makes A Gurgling Noise. Her Nose Is Runny, But All Fluids Are Clear. She Seems A Bit Warm. Also She Sleeps A Lot And Is Up During The Night. But When We Walk Her She Seems Fine Other Than The Weird Noise If She Try To Bark Or After She's Been Lying Down For Awhile. She Drinks Water And Eats Her Food. I'm Not Sure What To Do. shes Taking Deworming Meds Right Now.i Just Want To Know If She Has A Virus Or Something Lodged In Her Throat?

Answer:Sounds Like She Likely Has Kennel Cough Complex, Which Is Due To A Combination Of Viruses And/or Bacteria. Best To Take To Vet For Exam And Evaluation And Possibly Antibiotics. Kennel Cough Often Sounds Like Choking.

Date: Sep 5, 2016
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting

Question:My Dachshund Has Been Sick All Day Today He Has Vomited A Few Times Today In The Vomit Was Bone Fragments I Think He Ate Some Bones From Our Family Bbq. He's Been Feeling Bad All Day What Is Going On With Him??

Answer:Hard To Say As He Could Have Simply Irritative Gastritis(inflammation Of Stomach) From Ingesting Bone Fragments, Or He Could Have Something More Serious Like Pancreatitis Or A Blockage. He Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation If Signs Persist Or Worsen. You Can Try Pepcid Ac At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Twice Daily Until You Can Have Vet Evaluation

Date: Sep 2, 2016
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies Vomiting; Soft Stools Within A Few Hours Of Eating Purina Puppy Chow

Question:I've Fed Purina Puppy Chow Healthymorselsi For The Past 10+ Years To All My Puppies, Approximately 10-12 Litters Per Year Without Any Problems. I Noticed One Litter Had Looser Stools A Few Weeks Ago, Starting At 3 Weeks Of Age, Shortly After I Introduced Them To Solid Food, Moistened With Water. I Took A Stool Sample Into The Vet To Have Tested. They Found No Signs Of Bacteria, Coccidiosis, Worms, Etc. I Gave Them Metronidazole And Yogurt, But The Stools Remained Soft. Since It Hasn't Improved, I Planned To Switch Their Food This Weekend. They Are Now 6 Weeks Old. Today However, The Other 2 Litters That Are Only 4 And 5 Days Younger, All Began Vomiting Within A Few Hours After Eating Their Evening Meal. I'm Wondering If It Could Possibly Be The Puppy Food. I Opened A New Bag Today And Think It May Have Made Them Sick. Strange Thing Is, The Oldest Pups Didn't Vomit, Just Both Litters Of The Younger Pups, All 25 Of Them Constantly Within A 3 Hour Period! I Have Never Seen Anything Like It. They Are Not Lethargic Or Act Like They Feel Bad. They All Try To Eat The Vomit Before I Get To It To Clean It Up. They Are Active...playing And Fighting Like Usual. They Are Not Running Fevers. I Plan To Take A Couple Pups Into See My Vet In The Morning As Soon As They Open And Notify Purina. Your Thoughts.

Answer:Could Very Well Be A Bad Bag Of Dog Food Or Reaction To It. I Think Vet Exam And Evaluation Is Suggested. Consider Feeding Bland Home Cooked White Meat Turkey And Sweet Potato Diet For A Few Days 50-50 Mixture Until Gi Signs Settle Down. You Can Also Consider Pepcid Ac At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Twice Daily, Which Is Harmless Antacid. Also Consider Adding Probiotic To Meals Such As Fortiflora From 1800petmeds, As Well As Naturevet Enzymes. I Also Like Fast Balance As Well From 1800petmeds

Date: Aug 31, 2016
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting Foamy And Clear.

Question:My Three Month Old English Bulldog Start Vomiting This Morning Around Nine And Has Continued To Vomit Off And On. First It Was Foamy So I Gave Her Some Powerade. It's Now Clear Because Of The Powerade. She Has No Energy And Is Not Eating.

Answer:Best To Have Vet Check And Workup, As Could Be Parasite, Virus, And/or Foreign Body

Date: Aug 26, 2016
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Vomiting For 2 Months Seen Vets No Diagnosis

Question:I Have A 2 1/2 Year Old Catahoula Leopard Lab Mix Who Has Been Vomiting For Just Short Of The Past 2 Months. It Began When My Family Was Away On Vacation He Stayed With A Sitter And Towards The End Got Sick And Started Throwing Up Everything He Ate. We Have Tried Everything We Put Him On A Bland Chicken And White Rice Diet Which Will Keep Him From Vomiting For A Few Days But When He Has Anything Other Then That He Throws Up Everything In His Stomach And Has Even Thrown Up The Rice And Chicken Before. We Have Been To An Animal Hospital And Also Seen Our Vet And Had Blood Work And X-rays Basically The Whole Nine Done But No One Can Seem To Diagnose What The Problem Is. His Attitude Seems To Be Different, Seems That He Is More Fatigued And Often Lethargic. We Are Very Unsure Of What To Do At This Point And Really Need Some Expert Advice On This Problem. What Should We Do After We Feel That We Have Tried Everything?

Answer:He Needs Gi Workup Now More Than Blood Work. He Needs Likely Ultrasound And/or Scoping Of Gi Tract For Proper Diagnosis And Treatment. Also Ask If He Has Been Tested For Pancreatitis, Etc


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