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Gallbladder disease can develop in both cats and dogs. Certain breeds such as Shelties are predisposed as well as those dogs with hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. Often, many patients will not have any clinical signs but if so, include vomiting, lethargy, jaundice, or inappetence. Gallbladder disease can include stones, mucoceles, infection, rupture, or cancer.

How is gallbladder disease diagnosed?

You, your family veterinarian, and Dr. Jha (Board certified Surgeon) will use multiple diagnostic modalities to diagnose your pet. Your primary care veterinarian will do a physical exam, bloodwork and X-rays to begin the diagnosis. An abdominal ultrasound will need to be performed to characterize the disease as well.

How is gall bladder disease treated?

Some galbladder disease can be managed medically, however often times by the time your pet is acting sick, the disease has progressed so far that surgery is the only option for treatment. Surgical treatment includes removal of the gall bladder and flushing of the ducts that lead to and from the bladder. This is termed a cholecystectomy.


Post-operative hemorrhage, leakage of bile, and pancreatitis can occur following surgery.

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