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Ruptured Gallbladder surgery after pregnancy - NEED INFO PLEASE!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 12, 2006
  • 06:14 PM


My name is Patty and I am here out of desparation. I need some answers.

My story: This is dog related and I am looking for human diagnosis to compare.

My 3 1/2 year old female Labrador, Miya, just recently underwent emergency surgery to have a ruptured gallbladder removed and almost didn't survive. She had septisemia, peritonitis, puss in the abdomin, edema, etc. Her gallbladder was green and black. This is very rare in dogs, especially one so young.

What would cause a gallbladder to go bad in such a young dog causing a rupture? My vets are stumped as well as her surgeon

Thankfully she is recovered and all levels are back in the normal range ie; albumin, liver, total protein.

I am desparately trying to figure out what caused this to prevent it in my other Labradors.

She had a litter in June of this year and was hospitalized on 11/6/06 for her gallbladder surgery.

I have heard that gallbladder problems are hormonal in women. Know 2 people that had to have their gallbladder removed after giving birth - and were advised to do so if they planned to have more children. Anyone out there been thru this?

I have Miya's 6 month old daughter and plan on breeding her when she is of correct age, etc. I want to prevent this from happening to her (even though it was a freak thing with Miya.)

I plan on doing blood work (on female with intact gallbladdr) prior to, during and after pregnancy checking total bilirubin and if levels are off need to know what to supplement with that is safe and natural during pregnancy and nursing.

Miya had full blood work 1 month prior to breeding and all levels were normal.

One more question: For anyone who went thru this. Did you have more children after removal of GB and did you have any liver problems because of it. Or, even if you had no more children - any liver problems after GB removal?

I know this is a "human" forum and I thank anyone who can help me. I can find very little info on dog sites.

Patty Snow
Snowco Labradors

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