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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 15, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: type of deworming meds to use

Question:I have a Schnauzer and a Terrier mix. the Schnauzer was diagnosed with worms last year. Terrier mix did not have worms. How do I determine what kind of worm medicine to purchase? Heartworms or one for intestinal worms? How often should I give the meds to the dog, every 3 months or once a year? Do I give both dogs the medication even though the Terrier mix tested negative at that time?

Answer:These are all very good questions - but it entirely depends on what kind of worm your Schnauzer was diagnosed with because you deworm differently with totally different medications for different worms (Ex: just once for tapeworms, twice spaced out by 3-4 weeks for hooks and rounds, I like to deworm 3 different times for whipworms at 3 week and 3 month intervals, etc etc). Whoever diagnosed your Schnauzer can help you determine what course is best - it's usually fine(and recommended) to deworm the dog that tested negative that is in constant with the other one, but again - it entirely depends on the type of worm.

Date: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms

Question:My 3 month old puppy has worms. Some seemed to be alive and others seemed like they were dead. We don't have a lot of money to see a vet so what should we do? we also have other dogs, how can we stop and prevent them from getting worms?

Answer:I would worm all the puppies with broad spectrum wormer against round and hookworms which are the most common parasites in puppies this age with wormer like pyrantel, strongid or nemex, which are all the same wormer. You can likely get a version of this from 1800petmeds and/or local feed store. i would worm puppies every 3 weeks for two or three times, however puppies should be evaluated at local vet for other conditions and/or possibly vaccinated for diseases like parvo virus, which are health threats to puppies this age

Date: Feb 6, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:I'm pretty sure my toy poodle, age 11, has roundworm. They are visible in her feces, with no blood present. She is still eating and drinking and was just noticed 2 days ago. I am trying to find a GOOD, but CHEAP dewormer for her that treats ALL worms. Due to my financial situation, I am unable to take her to the vet, so I am going to go ahead and purchase the medication and treat her. I am looking for a dewormer that treats them ALL, any suggestions? Thank you, God bless.

Answer:Hi Shana, We definitely want to get the worms treated. Completely understand that you are unable to see a Veterinarian at this moment. 1800Petmeds has a variety of medication that you can buy and they do not require a prescription. Shanna Harris, Veterinary Technician

Date: Feb 1, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: How to treat multiple

Question:We have 11 barn cats. They all have tape worm, what is a cheep effective way to treat them.

Answer:Hi Sharon, There are multiple worm medications available over-the-counter. You may want to shop around and see where you can find the best deal. Tiffany Vet Assistant

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Think my cat has round worm

Question:My car threw up and there was a long stringy moving thing I think is a worm. Maybe a round worm what can I do

Answer:Hi, Would recommend that you see a vet so that they can make a diagnosis of what kind of worm and choose a medication and dosage to treat the problem. Dr. P. Mottishaw, Veterinarian

Date: Jan 26, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: feaces

Question:My dogs feaces has dried hard stuff that looks like shells

Answer:I'd have to see it to say for sure, but it may just be something s/he is eating in the yard (or in his/her food) that isn't digestable. It could be tape worms - we usually say they look like pieces of rice but they can look like sesame seeds. The only 2 worms you can see in their feces are tape worms and round worms - round worms look like long pieces of spaghetti, so it doesn't sound like those.

Date: Jan 24, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat has white worms in poop

Question:What do I do from here far getting MED for her can I just buy worm meds from pet store

Answer:Hi, you can purchase over the counter deworming medication, yes. Tapeworms are also carried by fleas, so it is important to control fleas as well with a good quality flea preventative, also available from 1800-Pet-Meds.

Date: Jan 21, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Spit out half his medicine

Question:Hello we just got our 8 week old Labrador retriever yesterday. The Breeder provided us w a liquid syringe of " dewormer" and said to give it to him tody 1-21-17 she said he also had a dose on 1-19-17. We did this and he spit have the medicine out. However, he is now pooping out worms. Did this work? What should I do? We have kids and two other pets I do not want them to catch this and I don't want our new puppy to be infested as I heard it can be dangerous. Thanks so much

Answer:He probably got enough wormer so further dosing is likely not needed, however check with your local vet who examined him or bring him to your local vet to assess him to see if further dosing needed. A stool sample should be checked to determine the exact type of worms present, which will guide the specific therapy

Date: Jan 16, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: deworming with two different brands

Question:I have a roundworm dewormed and a separate tapeworm dewornr. Can I use both at same time? Or should I do it with space between. How long if so

Answer:I like to space dose between wormers by one week

Date: Jan 16, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: De-worming Puppies

Question:My Puppy is almost 5 months old, she was de-wormed by a vet when we first got her, and she is on a monthly heart worm medication. Is there anything else I need to do to prevent worms in my puppy, or is the monthly preventative enough?

Answer:In my experience and opinion, monthly preventative with all around heartworm and intestinal dewormer is fine. I would have periodic stool checks once to twice yearly at vet to make sure clear of parasites

Date: Jan 11, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten

Question:This is my first kitten. We got him from a friend's neighbor who's cat had kittens. I believe he is around 3 months. What is the best worm medicine to give him since I know he hasn't been dewormed yet and Im afraid of getting worms from him. Thanks

Answer:Some good options include pyrantel, strongid or nemex. I have also used panacure liquid safely in young kittens

Date: Jan 9, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: cat worms

Question:why does my cat keep getting worms, I worm him , flea him and in no time he has them again. he is an inside cat

Answer:I would have stool checked at local vet to make sure you are using right wormer for the conditions. Tapeworms can be hard to get rid of and may require a few worming rounds with praziquantel as well as if cat gets fleas again in future, they may come down with tapeworms again

Date: Dec 30, 2016
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Dewormer With Antibiotics

Question:Can You Give Cats Dewormer While Being Treated With Antibiotics.

Answer:I Have Not Had Problem With Giving Cats Dewormer While On Antibiotics, Although Best To Check With Local Vet Who Is Treating Your Cat, Who Knows Your Cat Best And His Medical History

Date: Dec 27, 2016
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My Cat Has Worms

Question:My Cat Has Small Worms About The Size Of Rice Sometimes They Hang From His But Or Fall Out Where Ever He Sits. He Also Has A Sour Smell Coming From His But. I'm Worried Because I Am Pregnant. I Can't Afford To Take Him To The Vet. So I Wanted To Know Based On My Description I Just Gave You About The Worms Is There A Deworm Medicine That I Can Buy For Those Particular Worms Have Has

Answer:You Can Try The Wormer Known As Droncit Or Praziquantel, As This Sounds Like The Common Feline Worm Known As Tapeworms, But Always Best To Take To Vet For Exam And Proper Stool Check To Make Sure No Other Type Of Worms As Well.

Date: Dec 24, 2016
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: When Will My Chihuahua Puppy Get Releif?

Question:I Have A 8 Week Old Chihuahua That Was Not Taken To Vet Or Given Her Shots Prior To Me Getting Her I've Had Her Less Than A Week And It Seems She Has Worms Not Sure What Kind So I Researched Online And Found Tractor Supply Had Dewormer I Purchased Sentry Worm-x Ds And Because She Only Weighs 2lbs I Broke Down Instructions On Dosage To Her Only Getting 1ml ...is This Treatment Gonna B Effective And Only A Single Dose??..and She Just Started Today Been Whining And Scooting Across The Floor Poor Thing Is Miserable..how Soon After Giving Her Dewormer Will She Have Some Relief? Thank U For Ur Time.. sincercely Concerned Pet Parent

Answer:I Would Not Worm This Puppy With Over The Counter Wormers Like This. I Would Recommend A Proper Vet Exam And Evaluation, Stool Check For Specific Type Of Parasites And Best Wormer. I Have Found That The Broad Spectrum Wormer Panacure C From 1800petmeds Works Best For Most Of The Common Worms In Young Puppies.


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