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Q: Gallbladder problem in dog

March 26, 2009 | By Jonee | 2 answers | Expired: 1832 days ago

Jonee

There is a 9 1/2 year old Shih Tzu with gallbadder problems. He has had two episodes now. He quits eating. Take to the Vet, they put him on antibiotics and he gets better. Did have a liver biopsy that was "inconclusive" as he had high liver #'s too. Is this all tied into the gallbladder? Has anyone had to remove their dog's gallbladder with this same problem? Can they get along without the gallbladder like people? Would like to know if anyone else has gone through this with their dog. Thanks!

Update: The dog has had 2 ultrasounds with each episode. They both show the same-I will use the term-"gunk" and sediment. One of the medicines help push the "gunk" through. If it continues the Vet gave 2 options of keep treating as have been or possible removal of gallbladder. Just didn't know if there are other alternatives or if dogs can actually live without the gallbladder-just wondered pros and cons of both. Or if we are missing something. Thanks for any input.

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AllanBerger
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Mar 28, 2009

Gall bladder problems severe enough to make a dog sick are uncommon, but they do happen. GB removal is not quite as routine in dogs as it is in people, but many vets have experience with the surgery. It's when there's a bile duct problem in addition to the gall bladder that they get tricky. In assessing gall bladder health, I usually start with an ultrasound although on occasion a severe problem will show up on an x-ray image. What does your vet suggest as the next step?

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Stephan B.
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Mar 26, 2009

I've never had a dog with this problem, but I'm encountering it myself right now. In the process of looking for information on my own problem I came across information suggesting dogs can also live without their gall bladders. From personal experience, gall bladder problems suck! I'm in quite a bit of pain and don't want to eat. I'm sure that your dog is feeling the same when the attacks come on. I'd discuss this with your vet and see if surgery is an option. Good luck.

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