Symptoms of Gallstones in Dogs
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Symptoms of Gallstones in Dogs

Gallstones in dogs can affect many breeds of dogs and sometimes the symptoms of Gallstones in dogs can be vague. Often there are underlying issues associated with gall bladder problems in dogs with visible symptoms that your dog is in distress. Any Symptoms of Gallstones in dogs that you notice should be reported to your veterinarian for the health of your dog. Learn all the Symptoms of Gallstones in dogs to help your dog quickly.

Symptoms of Gallstones in dogs are also called Cholelithiasis, a condition that results from the formation of stones in the gallbladder. Gallstones in dogs are typically made up of excess calcium or other secreted substances. Gallstones in dogs are not the same as in humans due to the bile of the dog with lower cholesterol saturation. In fact, dogs have a lower cholesterol and calcium stone composition than in humans. Sometimes the stones can be seen through an x-ray but not always. If there are no serious symptoms of Gallstones in dogs, surgery may not be necessary. Miniature Schnauzers, Poodles and Shetland Sheepdogs seem to be more prone to developing gallstones.

In Symptoms of Gallstones in dogs shows that the pancreas swells or gets scarred, the bile duct will compress while the gallbladder distends. The dog’s bile is then prevented from being released into the intestines. The bile then accumulates in the gallbladder, thickens and becomes more concentrated. This accumulated bile can result in inflammation of the gall bladder and production of gall bladder stones. Accumulated bile can also be released in your dog’s blood stream, upsetting the digestive process. The gallstones in dogs cause an obstruction as they block the bile duct and distend the bladder.

Symptoms of Gallstones in dogs most often leads to gastrointestinal problems and secondary infections in your dog. As a result, your dog may exhibit symptoms of vomiting, jaundice, fever and abdominal pain. Lethargy and weakness are typical symptoms of gallstones as well. There would be a loss of appetite and your dog’s demeanor would totally change due to pain. Because of the possible abdominal pain, your dog may become tender to the touch, there may be difficulty in the way your dog walks and may show attitude toward you as a result of the pain and symptoms of Gallstones in dogs

Another symptom of gallstones in your dog can be a urinary problem. There may be pain associated with urinating or blood in the urine. This is difficult to pinpoint but if your dog whines or cries when urinating, be sure to call your veterinarian. If you can, check your dog after urinating to look for any residual blood. Pain while urinating may be visible if your dog arches the back or shows difficulty relieving itself. There may be other signs that your dog is in pain and nothing should be ignored.

Once you have noticed any of these symptoms of gallstones in your dog, your veterinarian will want to assess and diagnose the problem or any underlying problems or diseases. A complete blood count will be done on your dog as well as x-rays and an ultrasound.

Treatment depends upon the severity of the gallstones in dogs. If you have caught them early where there is no obstruction, an attempt will be made to dissolve them. If intravenous fluids are recommended along with exploratory surgery to remove any stones is performed, your dog may need to be hospitalized for a few days.

Once your dog has been treated and released into your care from symptoms of Gallstones in dogs, your doctor may prescribe a fat restricted high protein diet for the long term as a remedy and prevention of further stones. Your dog will continually be monitored for any signs of fever, abdominal pain or weakness, signs of infection. Frequent return vet visits will be recommended to be sure all stones were removed and your beloved pooch is on a healthy road to recovery.

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This was really interesting. I had no idea that dogs could suffer from gallstones. Poor things, how terrible to be in such pain and not be able to tell anyone.

Can someone please give me some answers. My 8 year old Spaniel (the love of my life) recently passed. As a scientist who went through 2 years of vet school, My vet allowed me to assist her in a necropsy. I actually had 2 vets look with me and I am still left with no answers. When we opened her up about 15 min after she passed she showed signs of . petechiae along the intestines (When does petechiae set in after death?) Next her gall bladder was as large as a tangerine., I am not sure if it had ruptured, but the fact that it was so large suggest it was at least leaking, causing sepsis

ok now for what I do know:

330 AM she came in limping to one side. Covered in leaves. My husband told me this. She was about 3 weeks post surgery (spay & lumpectomy) of 2 adenomas which 1 clinic said was one was nonencapsulated and the other said both were benign.) Both noted a greenish sludge , but neither doc took notice. I immediately said gallbladder. The first doctor only took a portion of the lumps in Sept and cured a kidney infection she had had for a while I suspect. The 2nd doctor did her blood work and it all was ok except increased Monocytes and MCHC he removed the remainder of the 2 nodes and spayed her as well on 12/7/12

8AM My husband left for work we had been up with her and nothing seemed out of the ordinary until he left for work and she went under the bed. (She always jumped back up in the bed with me) . I got up and begin cleaning.

9AM Found her in the bathroom drooling, lethargic, and just limp. I first thought maybe she had gotten snake bit, or got into some poison. . I rushed her to the closest vets office I told them I had no idea what was happening. Maybe she got into some poison like rat or something. When I found out that if that had happened that it could take days to weeks to show signs I quickly ruled that out. The vet didnt and continued fluids w/ K. She began to leak into her abdomen, they would not take off the fluid because her prothrombin and clotting time was affected. She had high or low everything almost. WBCs, RBCs, Neutrophils through the roof at over 22K CCK 1667 . I have been trying to find answers, to no avail. They did 2 xrays at 5:00 and refused to give an ultrasound because they were having a staff meeting. She and I were sent to the ER for the night.

The er doc said she needed an ultra sound. The next am she was still hanging on barely. I could tell it wasn’t going to be long. I took her back to the same doctors and demanded an ultrasound or Id go elsewhere. The ultrasound showed (the doc called it a Mass on her liver) even though it was her gallbladder. She died less than 20 min later. I had a doc that was going to go in for exploratory surgery but she would not have made the trip. The fluid was so bad at that time she basically drown from the way she been thrown in the ultrasound.

I guess my question is: Was this acute gallbladder disease?

Could it have been that during her Spay the doc. accidently nicked her pancreas or other organ? I want to so bad go back in and do a full necropsy and look at her thoroughly. She has not been buried and has been frozen? However, I do not know it I could do it again. But I might never get an answer. If the doc would have nicked her would she not have shown signs sooner than exactly 1 month?

I asked about petechiae  because I was wondering if she had it during her spay would the doc not have noticed?

Please help I am just looking for answers here not blaming anyone because things happen. I read on the AVMAs site something about Milos treats causing this kinda think. My husband fed them treats like crazy.

I knew something was wrong on Sat/ I could just feel it!!! She never complained yelped or anything. She trusted us so much that it hurts me to know we could have done this, or that it could have been prevented somehow.

Thank You any help is appreciated!

Gallstones don\'t cause urinary tract symptoms!  The stones that cause urinary symptoms are those of the URINARY BLADDER.

My dog is old and it isn't safe for her to undergo the operation. Are there any natural ways to get rid of the gallstones?