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Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 06/26/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Worms

Question:Hi Dr. My Dog Was Kenneled About Ten Days Ago And Had Diarrhea For A Couple Days After She Was Home. She Has Been Fine Since Then, But Then Last Night She Pooped Mostly Solid On My Bed (where She Sleeps). This Morning When She Pooped Outside It Appears If A Worm Came Out In Her Feces. Is This Something I Can Treat With Medicine Or Do I Need To Take Her To See A Vet Right Away? Thanks! Lindik23@yahoo.com

Answer:You Can Try A Broad Spectrum Wormer Such As Panacure C For 5 To 6 Days From 1800petmeds Which Covers Many Worms, Along With Praziquantel To Cover Tapeworms . If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Vet And Have Stool Check, Etc

Date: 06/20/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tape Worm

Question:What Is Best Tape Worm Med For Cats Also, How Do You Get The Cat To Swallow The Pill Without Spitting It Out. Thank You, Jock

Answer:You Can Mix Pill In Food Or Can Pill Cat Directly In Addition To Crushing Pill, Etc. My Favorite For Tapeworms Is Droncit Or Praziquantel

Date: 06/13/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skinny

Question:I Have A 8 Month Old Husky . He Is Loosing Alot Of Weight. He Has Had Diarrehea For 4-5 Days. He Has Been Cleared Of Worms From The Vet . We Have Been Mixing Rice With His Food. To Put Weight On Him And To Help The Diarrehea. It Is Not Working. What Might Be Wrong With Him And What Else Can I Do ? The Vet Cant Get Him Back In For 2 Days.

Answer:Manny Possibilities From Still Parasites Or Hidden Parasites, As Well As Overgrowth Of Bacteria Or Food Allergies, I Would Worm For 5 Days With Panacure C From 1800petmeds For Hidden Worms, As Well As Add Good Probiotic And Enzyme To Meals Such As Naturevet Enzymes And Probiotic. See Vet For Further Workup When You Can

Date: 06/11/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick Dog

Question:My Chihuahua Went To The Vet Today For Vaccinations (3year Rabies, Parvo, Distemper)and He Was Heart Worm Tested (negative For Heart Worms.) Two Hours Later, He Is Lethargic, Depressed, Not Eating Or Drinking And He Has Vomited White Foamy Stuff. He Isn't Interested In Going Outside, For A Car Ride Or Any Sort Of Treat. He Also Will Not Navigate Any Steps Or Jump Up On The Couch/bed. This Is Completely Uncharacteristic And Behavior That I've Never Seen In 3 Years. Should I Be Concerned Enough To Try To Find Emergency Vet Care?

Answer:I Would See Emergency Vet And In Future Please Stop Vaccinating Him For Multiple Viruses At Once I.e Two Or More Injections, As These Tiny Breeds Are Very Susceptible To Vaccination Reactions, And Many Of My Veterinary Colleagues Are Ignorant On Vaccination Reactions. Also If Your Pet Is Over 16 Weeks Of Age, Avoid Parvo/distemper Shots In Future, As Immunity To These Viruses Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet, In My Vast Experience And Knowledge On This Topic

Date: 06/10/16
Category: Flea & Tick
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Over Dosing

Question:I Brought My Dogs To The Vet Today To Get Heart Worm And Flea Medicine. I Have 2 Dogs.. One That Is 140lbs And One That Is 22 Lbs. I Tossed My 140lb Dog His Nexguard Flea Medicine ( Which Is Ranged For 60lbs To 121lbs) And He Spit It Out And I Didn't Get It In Time And My Little Dog Snatched It Up And Swalloed It Whole.. Im Not Sure What To Do Now.. Will It Hurt Him Or Will He Just Vomit It Up? Thank You

Answer:Just Getting This Question Now, Normally Dogs Like This Should Be Ok, However If Ever In Doubt A Veterinary Exam Within A Few Hours Of Ingestion And Inducing Vomiting By Vet Is Probably Best Approach

Date: 06/05/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loose Stools

Question:Despite Trips To The Vet & Different Medications , My Dog Continues To Have Loose Stools . What Dog Food Do You Recommend For This Condition ? Vets Do Not Seem Very Attuned To Diets, Yet We, Humans Often Blame Food For G.i. Problems . It Seems It Should Matter In Dogs Too.also What Snacks Do You Recommend? Thank You .

Answer:You Could Ask Vet About Prescription Diets Like Hills I/d And/or Royal Canine Gi Low Fat Or Or You Can Try Bland Hamburger And Rice Diet. If Your Vet Has Not Already Done So, I Would Worm Preventatively With 5 Day Course Of Panacure C From 1800petmeds As Many Worms Dont Show Up On Routine Stool Check. See Vet For Recheck If Loose Stools Persist. I Would Not Recommend Snacks Until Stool Issue Under Control

Date: 05/30/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Gave Wormer Yesterday Today Wobbly

Question:Whats Wrong With My Cat? He Is 13 Yrars Old . We Gave Him Pet Armor Worm Away Yesterday And Today Be Wont Eat Much Is Very Wobbly And Out Of It Hes Not At All Him Self . I Am Very Worried And Have No Money For Vet. Please Get Back To Me Asap Please Sir!! Thank You, Jennifer Beck

Answer:Not Much You Can Do At Home. In Older Cat This Age If Signs Persist Or Worsen, You Will Need Full Vet Exam And Workup

Date: 04/08/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Help

Question:My Dog Has Something That Appears To Be A Worm Attached To His Lower Inside Eyelid Is It Possible To Have A Worm Attached To His Eyelid?

Answer:I Highly Doubt It Is A Worm, But Have Vet Check For Proper Exam And Diagnosis

Date: 04/06/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms Keep Returning

Question:I Have A 8 Month Old Kitten. She Was The Runt So She's Always Been Small. She Was Infested With Fleas I Got Rid Of Those Then Worms They Go Away And Then Return A Few Weeks Later After Getting Treated At Vetco. I Don't Know What To Do. But I Notice She Has An Issue Sometimes W Uncontrolled Diarrhea And There's No Worms In That But When It Goes Back To Normal Stools Which Are On The Rusty Color Of Red She Has White Worms Again Her Brother Same Age Has Normal Stools. And The Worms Don't Return With Him. My Question Is The Breeder Gave Them A Mouse As Kittens Can She Have Some Kind Of Disease That Won't Be Treated With The Wormers?

Answer:I Doubt Mouse Has Anything To Do With It. I Would See Vet For Proper Stool To Be Sent Off To Lab. Could Have Other Hidden Parasites That Need Different Type Of Wormer Or Antibiotic. I Usually Worm Kittens With Flagyl And Panacure Liquid

Date: 04/04/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Wobbly Meowing

Question:I Gave My Cat Some Hook Worm Medication Now She Has A Weak Meow And Wobbles A Little Is This Normal?

Answer:Not Normal. Occasionally You Can See Rare Digestive Tract And/or Neurological Reactions From Pesticides Used To Treat Parasites. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Local Vet

Date: 03/13/16
Category: First Aid
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Won't Eat Or Drink

Question:I Have A Catahoula Blue Lacy Mix He Is Almost A Year Old. Thursday Night He Was Not His Hyper Self. He Started Not Eating Or Drinking So Last Night He Threw Up A Green Bile With A Round Worm In It. I Gave Him Meds This Morning And He Started Drinking Again. His Nose Is Cool And Moist And Now He Just Laying There. Please Help

Answer:Needs Vet Exam For Workup And Evaluation Blood Work, X Rays, Etc You Can Try Pepcid Ac At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Twice Daily Until You See Vet

Date: 03/13/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Symptoms Of Worms

Question:My Kitten Is Suffering From A Serious Pblm,First It Was Sleeping Inside The House With Out Any Food. Next Day Drink Only Water ,Then It Went To Lie On Dry Leafs In D Shade,It Cries Only In A Closed Voice.the Body Becom Lean N Hair Is Dry. Some More Cats In The Localty Are Having Sam Symptoms N Som Of Them Are Already Dead. One Of My Neighbour Give A Medicine For Worms To Their Kitten And Now Its Feeling Better. Dr Can U Pls Help Me In This

Answer:Kitten Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation For Viruses Like Feline Leukemia Virus, Etc As Well As Assessment For Infection, Hydration, Etc I Would Not Worm At Home

Date: 02/21/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms

Question:Every Now And Then I Find Worms In My Puppy Pomeranian Chihuahua's Stool. Majority Of Them Are The Size Of Rice But I Have Seen One That Was Maybe 5x As Larger Than Rice. How Do I Find Out Exactly What Type Of Worms She Could Have? Could I Cure It By Buying A Dewormed Out Of A Store Or Would I Have To Take Her Directly To The Vet?

Answer:Always Best To Have Proper Vet Exam And Stool Check At Vet To Identify All Possible Parasites Here. Sounds Like Mostly Tapeworms. You Could Worm Your Dog With All Around Wormer Like Panacure C From 1800petmeds, As Well As Additional Wormer Like Praziquantel Which Handles Tapeworms.

Date: 01/31/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Losing Weight

Question:Hello, I Got A Pit Mix Female. She Lost About 95% Of Her Weight But Still Very Playfull. I Don't Have Money Right Now To Take Her To The Vet But Her Weight Lost Seem To Be Getting Worse. What Can I Do To Help Her Till I Get The Money For A Vet?

Answer:Try Adding Probiotics And Enzymes To Meals Such As Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds, And Worm Her With Panacure

Date: 01/31/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:My Female Puppy Is 6 Months Old. 6 Weeks Ago - She Developed Kennel Cough. She Was Put On Doxycycline For 7 Days. Cough Never Got Better. 3 Weeks Later - She Was Put On Clavamox For 7 Days. Still No Improvement. Now My Vet Gave Her Zeniquin 25 Mg For 10 Days. Is This An Appropriate Drug For Kennel Cough? Why After 6 Weeks Is She Not Improving? She Did Have Xray Last Week Which Showed Bronchitis. Please Advise. Thanks

Answer:Kennel Cough Not Likely Which Resolves In 10-14 Days No Matter What Drug Is Used. Your Dog Likely Has Other Chronic Airway Disease Here, Or Parasite, Etc I Would Ask Vet To Worm Her With Panacure C For 6 Days, As Well As Consider Meds Like Temaril P, Etc Sometimes A Tracheal Wash Is Needed For Proper Diagnosis If Cough Persists.

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