Gallbladder disease

Conditions affecting the gallbladder and bile flow

Gallbladder disease, which can affect bile flow, can cause a variety of symptoms in pets. Signs may include:

  • Loss of appetite or decreased food intake
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Jaundice characterized by yellowing of the skin, gums, or whites of the eyes
  • Lethargy or decreased activity level
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Unexplained weight loss

Other health conditions may share similar symptoms with gallbladder disease, including Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, or gastrointestinal disorders.

If you notice any of these signs or if you have concerns about your pet's health, consult with your veterinarian. Early detection and intervention can improve the chances of successful management and prevent complications.

When you visit your veterinarian for concerns related to gallbladder disease, the following may occur:

  • Medical history: Discussion of your pet's medical history, including observed symptoms and their duration
  • Physical examination: The veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet, checking for any abnormalities.
  • Diagnostic testing: Diagnostic procedures such as blood tests, urinalysis, and ultrasound may be recommended to evaluate the presence of gallbladder disease.
  • Treatment options: Treatment options for gallbladder disease can vary depending on the severity or underlying cause. It may involve medication to control inflammation and infection, dietary changes, or surgical intervention in severe cases.
  • Advanced diagnostic or treatment options:In some cases, referral to a specialist may be advised for more advanced diagnostics and treatment.
  • Follow-up care: Your veterinarian will discuss a follow-up plan, which may involve regular monitoring of your pet's condition, additional tests, or adjustments to the treatment regimen.

Your veterinary healthcare team will partner with you to decide which treatment option is best for your pet's and your family’s specific condition and situation.

While it may not be possible to prevent all cases of gallbladder disease, here are some things you can do at home to manage and prevent complications from gallbladder disease:

  • Maintain a balanced diet: Specific diets may be recommended to help manage health risks, so talk to your vet about your pet's particular health needs to ensure they are getting well-balanced nutrition.
  • Weight management: Obesity has been linked to an increased risk of several diseases in pets, so maintaining a healthy weight is important. Provide regular exercise and appropriate environmental enrichment for mental stimulation to keep your pet physically active and mentally engaged.
  • Early detection and intervention: Be vigilant in observing any changes in your pet's behavior, appetite, or overall health.

Consult with your veterinarian for personalized advice and guidance on preventing complications from gallbladder disease in your pet. They can provide tailored recommendations based on your pet's specific needs and medical history.

Please note that the information provided here is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If you suspect your pet has gallbladder disease or any other health concerns, consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Nationwide® pet insurance claim example

Veterinary bill

$446

You pay only

$45

Gallbladder disease

You save

$402

Example reflects Accident & Illness plan with optional Congenital & Hereditary rider as well as the optional Cruciate rider added after the first year of coverage, with unlimited annual limit for each category with 90% reimbursement after the $250 annual deductible has been met. This plan may not be available in all areas. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Veterinary bill amount is based on expenses incurred in the first 30 days after initial diagnosis.

Nationwide® pet insurance claim example

Veterinary bill

$446

You pay only

$45

Gallbladder disease

You save

$402

Example reflects Accident & Illness plan with optional Congenital & Hereditary rider as well as the optional Cruciate rider added after the first year of coverage, with unlimited annual limit for each category with 90% reimbursement after the $250 annual deductible has been met. This plan may not be available in all areas. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Veterinary bill amount is based on expenses incurred in the first 30 days after initial diagnosis.

Nationwide® pet insurance claim example

Veterinary bill

$446

You pay only

$45

Gallbladder disease

You save

$402

Example reflects Accident & Illness plan with optional Congenital & Hereditary rider as well as the optional Cruciate rider added after the first year of coverage, with unlimited annual limit for each category with 90% reimbursement after the $250 annual deductible has been met. This plan may not be available in all areas. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Veterinary bill amount is based on expenses incurred in the first 30 days after initial diagnosis.