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Dr. Michael Dym
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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.

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

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