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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: 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.

Date: 01/31/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Not Eating

Question:My Dog, Foxy Has Not Eaten In 3 Or 4 Days. I Noticed A Couple Of Days Ago Her Scooting Her Bottom On The Carpet, So Yesterday I Gave Her A Dose Of Worm Medicine, But Today, She Is Still Not Eating. She Whines A Little More Than Usual And Is Not As Playful. Please Help Me To Help My Dog.

Answer:She Needs Full Veterinary Exam And Workup/evaluation

Date: 01/24/16
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: I Think My Cat May Have Tapeworms

Question:My Girlfriend And I Rescued A Stray Cat Three Days Ago Before A Big Snow Storm Hit. When We First Took Him In We Noticed He Had Fleas. We Took Him That Night To A Vet For A Flea Dip And Found Out He Also Had An Eye Infection. Today An Animal Rescue Worker Gave The Cat Some Worm Medicine Called Strongid. He Has Been Throwing Up But I Read That It Is A Common Side Effect Of Strongid. We Are Still Worried That He May Have Tapeworms. This Is A Link To An Image Of The Cat's Butt And What Appears To Be An Egg: Http://i.imgur.com/ue6aqbu.jpg Thank You.

Answer:Cats Usually Dont Vomnit From Strongid. Cant View The Link From Here. See Vet If Vomit Persists.

Date: 01/12/16
Category: Vaccines
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: When To See A Vet

Question:Hello, I Am Looking For Some Advice Of What To Order, When To Administer, And What Is Best For My New Puppy. My Puppy Was Born 11/11/15 And Will Be Here 11/14/15. The Breeder Said The Pups Get Their First Shots At 7.5 Weeks Of Age And Are Wormed Three Times With Strongid-t And Have A Series Of Safeguard. I Live In A Place Where I Have To Take A Boat Or Plane To A Vet So I Need To Know What I Can Administer At Home. I Am Looking For The Next Steps, What Do I Need To Order, When Should I Give My Dog The Shots, And When Does The Dog Need To See A Vet For An Health Examination? Thank You So Much For Your Time To Respond, Any Information Will Be Greatly Appreciated, Morgan

Answer:Every Vet Is Different With Their Shot And Worming Schedule. I Try Not To Over Do It In My Practice, As Too Many Vets Overvaccinate And Overworm Puppies. I Would Get The Wormer Panacure From 1800petmeds And Give 3 Day Course Twice At 3 To 4 Week Intervals Which Should Worm For Most Common Worms. I Would Also Vaccinate Only Twice For Combination Distemper/parvo Vaccination; Preferably A 2 In One Or 3 In One Vaccination. Not The 5 Or 7 In One Vaccination Which Is Way Overkill In My Opinion And Experience. Two Distemper/parvo Vaccinations Given At Age 10 And 14 Weeks Of Age, Should Give Years Of Immunity. Rabies Will Need To Be Administered Later By A Licensed Vet.

Date: 01/12/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Fecal Sign Of Parasites

Question:Have Seen Flat White Segments Of Tapeworm But Also Light Brown Ovoid Segments About One Third Size Of White Segements...what Could They Be?

Answer:All Sound Like Tapeworms. Best To Worm With Praziquantel Or Cestex, But You Could Also Consider Worming With Panacure C From 1800petmeds To Cover Other Worms Here.

Date: 01/04/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Other
Topic: Unsure

Question:I Have Taken Both Cat And Dog To Multiple Vets,Spent Hundreds Of Dollars ,Thinking They As Well As My Family Had Worms Of Some Kind .i Have Been Told No ,But Blood Work Shows High Probably Of Pervasive.u Was Told Txt Could Take Weeks ,Months Or Years To Determine What Kind .in The Meantime They Are Going Untreated. Please Advise As To Your Option Of A Treatment To Try .thank You!

Answer:You Could Worm Both Preventatively With Worming Granules Known As Panacure From 1800petmeds. Also I Would See A Vet Specialist Or Internist In Your Area, If Your Vet Is Not Giving You Diagnosis Or Effective Treatment Plan; Ask Your Vet For A Referral

Date: 12/30/15
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible Cat Food Poisoning

Question:Hello, Yesterday I Brought Home A 3yr Male, Dsh From A Shelter. He Had Been There Approximately One Month And Had 2 Series Of Heart Worm And A Fractured Tooth That Had Been Extracted. He Had Been Checked Out By Their Vet And Deemed Ok And The Mouth Wound Had Healed. He Was A Shy, Semi-feral That Had Been Neutered And Brought In Off The Streets. He Was Nervous At The Shelter But Went Into The Cat Carrier For Transport To Take Him Hom. I Got Him Home, Confined To A Bathroom With Comforts. After 30 Mins, He Came Out Of The Carrier And Walked A Bit, Hid In A Corner But Seemed Ok. A Little Later, (30 Mins) I Provided Some Wet Food Which He Ate A Small Amount Of. Within 10 Mins He Began Gasping, Dry Heaves. He Staggered A Bit Then Laid Down And Was Clearly Not Doing Well. After Calling The Vets Office They Thought He Was Having An Anxiety Attack. When I Went Back Into The Bathroom, He Was Beginning To Drool, Had Evacuated His Bowls While Laying Down. At This Point, I Call The Vet Again And During The 2 Mins He Cried Out. I Dropped The Phone And He Was Already Nearly Dead. I Rushed Him To The Vet 5 Mins Away And He Was Already Gone. I Am Devastated And Concerned That The Food I Gave Him Was Poisoned. Is There A Place I Can Take The Food For Testing. Any Explanation Is Appreciated. I Also Just Lost My Other 4 Yr Old Male Cat 1 Wk Ago To Almost The Same Scenario And He Was A Healthy, Active Cat. The Shelter Hasn't Returned Any Of My Calls. Devasted In Illinois

Answer:I Doubt It Was The Food. He Could Have Been Incubating A Virus From The Shelter Such As Feline Leukemia Virus Or Fiv Or Perhaps Feline Distemper Or Fip. He Also Could Have Had Reaction To Possibly Any Of The Likely Multiple Vaccinations And/or Topical Or Oral Pesticide Meds For Fleas/ Heartworms As Well. I Would Call The Food Company To Make Sure They Have Not Had Problem With This Food, But Likely Not Due To Food Poisoning

Date: 12/23/15
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Wormer Medicine

Question:I Know My Cat Has Worms But I Can't Afford To Take Her To The Vet. I Think She Has Roundworms But I'm Not Sure. I Need Help With Finding A Good Medicine But Something That Is Cheap. I Have Four Cats That I Will Have To Treat. Please Help. Meghan

Answer:I Would Worm Them All With Pyrnatel Or Nemex Or Strongid. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Then You Must See Vet For Proper Exam, Workup And Diagnosis, As Worms Are Way Overdiagnosed As A Cause Of Pet's Medical Conditions

Date: 12/20/15
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Coughed Blood Once

Question:My Dog Was On Walk Playing Fetch. She Stoped On Gave 3 Good Hacking Coughs And Coughed Up A Quarter Size Drop Of Blood. Fairly Bright Red In Color, Mixed With Spit. Since Then, Only Coughs Once Every 2 Hours Or So And No Blood. A Little Spit Every Once And A While, But Only Blood The One Time. Acts Normal, Plays Normal, Eats Normal, Not Lethargic. Stool Normal Color, Gums Normal Color, No Teeth Or Gum Bleeding, Pressed On Abdomen And Doesn't Hurt, Up To Date On All Shots, Takes Heart Worm Medicine Each Month. Do I Need To Take Her To The Vet Asap?

Answer:Given That You Found Blood The One Time In The Vomit, Best To Take Her To Vet For Evaluation When You Can, Because Although They Can Vomit A Bit Of Blood If They Cough Too Hard, The Presence Of Blood Could Indicate Many Other Disorders That I Cant Tell From This Forum. Hopefully Ti Is Just An Allergy, Inflammation Of Her Windpipe Or An Infection. See Vet

Date: 12/18/15
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Deworm

Question:I Just Got My Puppy And The Owner Before Me Said That They Gave The Puppy A Dewormer But I See Worms In Her Poop Is That Normal? I Never Had A Dog Before So I Am Not Sure What To Look For

Answer:Often Puppies Will Pass Worm After They Have Been Dewormed. If The Worms Do Not Resolve In A Few Days, Then See Your Local Vet For Exam And Stool Check

Date: 12/14/15
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Wound

Question:My Cat Has A Wound On His Back It Seems Sometimes And There Is No Hair On That Spot Its About Half A Base Ball Size And It Is Not Healing It Has Been There For Like Two Months I Keep Putting Bag Balm On It But Him And The Othere Cats Just Lick It Off And Tried Airing It Out Also Him And The Other Cats Just Lick The Scab Off And I Think It Has Gotten Bigger And My One Friend Told Me It Could Be Ring Worm But I Am Not Convised Do You Have Any Sugegtions Besides Going To A Vet

Answer:No Suggestions At Home. Cat Needs Vet Exam, Feline Leukemia Virus/fiv Virus Blood Test And Likely Antibiotics

Date: 12/14/15
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Liver Flukes, Parasites For Cat

Question:My Cat Eats About 3 Or 4 Skinks Or Geckos A Day..and Occasional Mice And Birds. My Holistic Vet Said To Give Her Panacur Once Every Three Months, But I See That It's Only For Dogs. I'm Concerned. She's Is Rather Skinny. The Humane Society Where I Got Her Gave Me Droncit. Can You Suggest A Medication And Time Schedule For Treatment? I Don't Think She Is Gong To Stop Hunting And Killing. I Live On Kauai. Thank You Very Much. Deborah 808-332-7668

Answer:I Have No Problem Using Panacure In Cats Whether In Powder Or Preferably Liquid Form. I Would Ask Your Vet For Script To Fill At 1800petmeds, And Worm Cat A Few Times A Year With 3 To 5 Day Course Of Preferably Panacure Liquid. A Few Doses A Year Of Droncit Also Suggested To Cover Tapes Not Covered By Panacure

Date: 12/01/15
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 12y/o Female With Vomitting & Diarrhea

Question:Hi, My 12 Year Old Female, Spayed Pit Mix Has Been Having A Hard Time Keeping Food Down. She Also Has Constant Diarrhea. This Has Been Going On For About 3 Weeks/1 Month Now. She Has Lost Weight As Well. She Wants To Eat And Most Of The Time She Vomits It Up, But Not Right Away...could Be Be A Few Hours Later. She Sleeps A Lo, Not As Spunky As She Was, I Am Guessing She Is Weak. We Brought Her To The Vet. They Did X-ray And Shows Her Stomach, Intestines, Hear, Kidneys, All Look Fine. Nothing Stands Out. She Was Put On A Medicine To Control Her Vomiting Which Didn't Help As Well As Id Gastrointestinal Food, Which She Tolerated But Also Did Not Help. They Want To To Do A Re-check With Ultrasound But That Is Going To Be Over $300.00. Her Diarrhea Is Very Liquidy And Gelatinous Too. Looking Or Some Help As To What Could Be Wrong With Her. Thank You. Karla

Answer:I Do Think An Ultrasound Is Helpful And Important Here, If Your Vet Did Not Find Anything On Routine Blood Work And X Rays. It Is Possible That Your Dog Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Which Will Not Be Diagnosed By X Rays Or Blood Work. In Some Cases Scoping And Biopsy Of The Digestive Tract Is Necessary For Diagnosis, As It Is In People. Pancreatitis Is Also Possible And Can Be Assessed On Ultrasound. I Would Ask Your Vet For A 2 Week Trial With The Intestinal Antibiotic Metronidazole And/or Tylan, Which Sometimes I Have Used Together In Some Pets With Chronic Gi Signs. I Would Also Worm Her For Hidden Worms With Panacure, Even If The Stool Sample Was Negative.

Date: 11/28/15
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Deworm For Maine Coon Cat

Question:Hello, We Have A Maine Coon Breed Male Cat (8mo) Could You Please Recommend The Medicine That Would Treat All Kind Of Parasites (worms). Thank You In Advance!

Answer:I Like Topical Revolution, As I Mentioned In A Prior Answer. But You Could Also Worm Him Orally With Panacure Suspension As Well Which Can Help With Most Other Intestinal Worms.

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